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Biofuel Frequently Asked Questions

What is biofuel?
Biofuel is fuel for flight produced through contemporary processes from biomass, rather than fuel for flight produced by the prolonged geological processes involved in forming fossil fuels, such as oil. Biofuels can be produced from plants (i.e., energy crops) or agricultural, commercial, domestic, and/or industrial wastes (if the waste has a biological origin such as woody biomass). Reference: Wikipedia
What are Renewable Biofuels?
Renewable hydrocarbon biofuels (aka “green” hydrocarbons, biohydrocarbons, drop-in biofuels, and sustainable or advanced hydrocarbon biofuels) are fuels produced from biomass through a variety of biological, thermal, and chemical processes. These products are similar to petroleum gasoline, diesel, or jet fuel in chemical makeup and are therefore considered infrastructure-compatible fuels. It is expected that these fuels can be used in vehicles without requiring engine modifications and can use existing petroleum fuel pipelines and retail distribution systems. Reference – Afdc.energy.gov
What is Sustainable Aviation Fuel?
Sustainable aviation biofuel is made by blending conventional kerosene (fossil-based) with renewable hydrocarbon. SAF is certified as “Jet-A1” fuel and can be used without any technical modifications to aircraft. Other terms such as renewable aviation biofuel, renewable jet fuel, alternative fuel, biojet fuel, and sustainable alternative fuel have a similar intended meaning as SAF. Reference: Aviationbenefits.org
What is a Drop-in Alternative Fuel?
An alternative jet fuel that is completely interchangeable and compatible with a particular conventional (typically petroleum-derived) fuel. A perfect drop-in alternative jet fuel does not require adaptation of the fuel distribution network or the vehicle or equipment engine fuel systems. It can be used “as is” in vehicles and engines that currently operate on that particular alternative jet fuel. Some alternative fuels may become “drop-in” only after blending with conventional alternative jet fuel to a certain prescribed proportion. Reference: Researchgate.net
Biojet Fuel
Biojet fuel is made from vegetable oils, sugars, animal fats, and biomass (including woody biomass) and can be used in existing aviation biofuel engines without modification. Reference: Research Gate
Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels (SAJF)
Sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) is in the family of drop-in fuels intended to lower commercial aviation’s net life-cycle carbon emissions.

Jet Fuels. SAJF needs alternative jet fuel specifications, either on their own or when blended with conventional jet fuel. As such, SAJF (blended as necessary) are “drop-in” replacements for conventional jet fuel.

Alternative. SAJF are alternative in that they are produced primarily from nonpetroleum sources of hydrocarbons using a potentially broad range of biochemical and thermochemical conversion processes.

Sustainable. Alternate fuels need to be sustainable both in terms of their ability to reduce net life-cycle carbon emissions relative to conventional alternative jet fuel and in terms of environmental, societal, and economic factors.

What is Woody Biomass?
Woody biomass is organic matter from trees and plants. Trees and plant debris is used as an energy source. Energy comes from the sun through photosynthesis and is released when woody biomass is burned or decomposes. Woody biomass is the by-product of management, restoration, and hazardous biofuel flight reduction treatments, as well as the product of natural disasters, including trees and woody plants (limbs, tops, needles, leaves, and other woody parts, grown in a forest, woodland, or rangeland environment). Reference: Forest and Rangelands (See the process of converting woody biomass to sustainable aviation fuel.)
How to get involved!
Contact Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC to learn more about our sustainable, cellulosic, commercial scale, ASTM compliant designer aviation biofuel project in the Pacific Northwest along the Columbia River Corridor, using a voluminous supply of woody biomass from local feedstock suppliers.