Around the World of SAF and BioFuels
The market for sustainable aviation fuel is still young and growing, but is gaining momentum by the day, with new projects, new funding, and new partnerships moving it forward. Here are a few recent news stories that are glowing proof of the growth of renewable biofuels and sustainable aviation fuels.
- U.S. Department of Energy Announces $61 Million for Biofuels Research to Reduce Transportation Emissions – Big news from the US Dept. of Energy announcement of allocating more than $61 million for technologies and processes that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. This is important news in the run-up to bring America up to net-zero emissions by 2050. Biofuels are made up of renewable resources that can power heavy-duty jets and trucks used to decarbonize the transportation sector as a whole. Biofuels are produced by converting biomass from waste resources into sustainable aviation fuel and other liquid fuels to use in place of fossil fuels.
- Total starts producing SAF for French airlines – In Europe, oil producer Total has begun producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at its La Mède biorefinery in southern France and its Oudalle facility near Le Havre. The biojet fuel, made from used cooking oil, will be delivered to French airports starting in April 2021. These sustainable aviation fuels will be made from animal fat, used cooking oil and other waste and residue sourced from the circular economy. Total will not use vegetable oils as feedstock.
- Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC is moving ahead with plans to develop 2nd-generation cellulosic renewable bio-jet fuel refineries, with the first project being developed in the Pacific Northwest. NWABF has assembled a world-class team of expert engineering companies, bio-fuels experts and 2nd generation technology companies to handle front-end gasification, syngas cleaning and treatment, back-end Fischer-Tropsch fuel conversion, and lastly, fuel upgrading to premium renewable SAF. Investments have been announced and NWABF is excited about the future.
- SAF to be used between Frankfurt and Shanghai for Lufthansa cargo flights – Lufthansa Cargo will now operate a weekly cargo flight from Frankfurt to Shanghai using SAF to run completely carbon neutral and with zero carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions. DB Schenker and Lufthansa Cargo launched the carbon neutral in early April. The use of SAF will save approximately 174 metric tons of conventional fuel each week.
These are some of the stories that caught our eye in recent weeks. Hope they are of interest to you. Click here to read more about the NWABF SAF Project, which will produce and supply 60+ million gallons of SAF annually for Delta Air Lines. We are a committed team that’s excited for the future of sustainable aviation fuel.
David P. Smoot
David Smoot has an extensive background in Project Development, including the Financing and Technology Integration for those Projects. Mr. Smoot also held positions of upper management with leading companies in the Computer Software and Hardware industries, including the Financing and Leasing industries specifically related to those industries prior to moving into the renewable energy industry which morphed into renewable fuels. Smoot has created a turnkey solution model not yet seen in the industry.