Experts from Solena Fuels, British Airways, the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI), the US Navy, the Federal Aviation Administration, Amyris, Byogy, Gevo, BioProcess Algae, Virent, Mercurius, and ARA were among the highlight presenters at the 5th annual Global Aviation Biofuels Summit, an integrated part of ABLC, the annual bioeconomy conference now underway in Washington, DC. CAAFI co-organizes the Summit with Biofuels Digest.
The Summit this year looked at the complete range of aviation biofuels development — from the development of new fuels and certification efforts, to commercial scale development, and through to signature strategic customer agreements.
Here are selections from the hottest slides presented at the Summit and ABLC.
1. Greensky London – Solena Fuels and British Airways.
Opening the Summit was a joint keynote address from Solena Fuels and British Airways – highlighting the news that they had selected the site of the former Coryton Oil Refinery on the River Thames Estuary as a site for the first Greensky London waste-to-jet fuel refinery.
2. CAAFI – deployment activities
CAAFI’s 8 major activities in fostering aviation biofuels — from feedstock development, to conversion, fuel testing, production start-ups and off take agreements — were all neatly summarized in this slide.
3. Mercurius’ path to low-cost aviation fuels
This slide caught our attention with its super-low costs for fuels — just $1.62 per gallon including capital costs. No wonder the Navy chose Mercurius as one of its potential suppliers — and a contestant for direct investment that is intended to produce cost-competitive fuels through economies of scale.
4. ARA-s path to commercialization
Here. this slide highlights ARA’s progress to date in advancing catalytic hydrothermolysis (CH) fuels — with fuel certifications expected as soon as 2015.
5. Gevo’s path from isobutanol to jet fuel
In this slide, Gevo highlighted its process for converting some exotic, low-cost inputs like municipal solid waste into jet fuels.
6. Virent’s progress towards jet fuels
In this slide, Virent highlighted the strong performance it was seeing from a collection of pathways towards jet fuel – confirmation that a “feedstock agnostic” process will work.
7. Amyris and Total
Here, Amyris and Total chart their progress towards certifying sugarcane-based fuels based around farnesane, with balloting already underway for ASTM approvals.
8. Greensky London – Solena Fuels and British Airways.
Here, the FAA organizes all of the current fuels certification activity into one slide.
9. The Navy’s Great Green Fleet in 2016
Here, the Navy charts its progress towards the 2016 Great Green Fleet – and towards what it is calling “the new normal” where biofuels are intermixed with conventional fuels without fanfare.
10. BioProcess Algae and the reach for scale
Here, BioProcess Algae puts the spotlight on its proposed “Phase 3” commercial-scale production of algae-based jet fuels in Shanandoah, Iowa.
11. Three fuel types head for certification now through 2017.
Here, Byogy outlines the path towards certification of three different alcohol to jet fuel types.
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