CAAFI’s SOAP-Jet Series Continues with ASCENT Projects Overview

15 December 2017 – On December 8, 2017, CAAFI’s R&D Team continued the SOAP-Jet webinar series with a presentation on current alternative jet fuel-related work under the Aviation Sustainability Center (ASCENT), presented by ASCENT’s Director, Dr. Michael Wolcott (Washington State University). Funded by FAA, ASCENT consists of researchers from 16 universities studying a broad range of topics related to alternative jet fuels and the environment, such as the commercial development of sustainable alternative jet fuel production pathways and measures for improving the health and life quality of those working and living around airports.

Dr. Wolcott presented an overview of ASCENT and highlighted two ASCENT projects. First, he spoke about the Alternative Jet Fuel Supply Chain Analysis project, which seeks to identify key barriers to the production of 1 billion gallons of alternative jet fuel in the near term and 10 billion gallons in the longer term. The project team is evaluating the technoeconomics of fuel production pathways, potential feedstock availability, infrastructure requirements, commercial fuel demand, and novel co-products in an effort to construct supply-chain scenarios for future sustainable alternative jet fuel production at both national and regional scales. The team is also working to facilitate specific regional approaches to supply chain development. Dr. Wolcott also discussed the National Jet Fuel Combustion Program, which is developing combustion-related generic test and modeling capabilities to better understand the impacts of a fuel’s chemical composition and physical properties on combustion and emissions, with the goal of accelerating the certification process of new alternative jet fuels.

The webinar was well-attended with approximately 70 participants. To view the presentation slide deck, click here.

SOAP-Jet webinars are intended to provide a forum for members of the alternative jet fuel community to discuss progress and related gaps and challenges, share lessons learned, methodologies, and strategies in order to promote communication among stakeholders and enable commercialization of Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF).

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