Tag: aviation

Twenty-five countries reject ICAO’s aviation biofuel plans for 2050

Twenty-five countries reject ICAO’s aviation biofuel plans for 2050

October 18, 2017 |

In California, 25 countries convened by the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rejected the 2050 Vision on Sustainable Aviation Fuels that included volume-based targets for biofuels proposed by the ICAO Secretariat on October 13. The ICAO Secretariat’s proposal intended to see 128 million tons of biofuels a year being burned in plane engines by 2040, […]

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Qantas Airlines to run LA-Australia flights on 50/50 aviation biofuel by 2020

Qantas Airlines to run LA-Australia flights on 50/50 aviation biofuel by 2020

October 12, 2017 |

In Australia, Qantas Airlines will buy 8 million gallons of aviation biofuel annually from SG Preston beginning in 2020 to use in all of its flights from Los Angeles to Australia, flying on a 50/50 basis. The decision was made because the aviation biofuel industry is more advanced in the US than in Australia but […]

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Canada looking for consultants to develop aviation biofuel roadmap

Canada looking for consultants to develop aviation biofuel roadmap

October 11, 2017 |

In Canada, the federal government has recently posted a notice of public procurement to secure consultants that will develop an aviation biofuel roadmap. The country aims to comply with policy goals established to reduce carbon emissions in aviation but also sees the opportunity to reduce its aviation fuel imports, which stand at around 40% of […]

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DOE, DOD aim for take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation

DOE, DOD aim for take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense and Aviation

August 21, 2017 |

In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon jet and diesel biofuels in the near-term. This initiative sought to achieve multiple, commercial scale integrated biorefineries, cost-competitive biofuel with conventional petroleum (w/o subsidies), domestically produced fuels from non-food feedstocks, and […]

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Explosive new ICCT report says “offsets” will dominate “alternative fuels” in aviation

Explosive new ICCT report says “offsets” will dominate “alternative fuels” in aviation

June 21, 2017 |

“Bulk of aviation emissions reductions will be achieved through carbon offsets,” not fuels, writes ICCT Slow scale-up foreseen for biofuels Challenges in feedstock costs Carbon pricing too little, too late The fatal distortion lies in petroleum markets In Washington, the International Council on Clean Transport reports that “it is likely that the bulk of aviation […]

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The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy

The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Fulcrum BioEnergy

June 7, 2017 |

Fulcrum BioEnergy has developed a “game-changing process for converting municipal solid waste that would otherwise be landfilled, into renewable transportation fuels including syncrude, jet fuel and diesel”. The company has successfully proven and demonstrated this process for converting MSW to fuels utilizing its proprietary, innovative, clean and efficient thermochemical process. Fulcrum has secured long-term, zero-cost […]

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Egyptian research lab moving forward with UCO/jatropha aviation biofuel

Egyptian research lab moving forward with UCO/jatropha aviation biofuel

May 10, 2017 |

In Egypt, following three years of R&D, researchers from the National Research Center’s Department of Chemical Engineering have developed aviation fuel using a combination of used cooking oil and jatropha oil, though algal oils and palm oil have also been trialed in the mix. Using sewer water to irrigate the jatropha trees helps to keep […]

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Skybound: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

Skybound: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Sustainable Aviation Fuels

April 27, 2017 |

This week, we hosted a webinar what is universally agreed to be the single largest new application of advanced industrial biotechnology — this is the Big Kahuna, or sustainable aviation fuel. Sustainability is critical to airlines, and manufacturers are in close collaboration. Alternatives are not abundant: an electric plane for heavy-duty air transport is decades away. Joining us […]

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California actively reviewing LFCS including LCA models and aviation biofuel

California actively reviewing LFCS including LCA models and aviation biofuel

March 22, 2017 |

In California, review of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard is well underway with a public meeting looking scheduled for April 4 looking at lifecycle assessment modeling for fuels and feedstocks including potential updates to CA-GREET and other model changes. Presentations from last month’s meeting on inclusion of aviation biofuel in the LFCS as well as […]

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NASA research proves aviation biofuels reduces GHG emissions by up to 70%

NASA research proves aviation biofuels reduces GHG emissions by up to 70%

March 15, 2017 |

In California, using biofuels to help power jet engines reduces particle emissions in their exhaust by as much as 50 to 70 percent, in a new study conclusion that bodes well for airline economics and Earth’s environment. The findings are the result of a cooperative international research program led by NASA and involving agencies from […]

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