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Industry and Countries Prepare for Introduction of CORSIA but “Much Work to Be Done”

(GreenAir Online)  With just three months to go before all airlines with international flights must start monitoring their carbon emissions, ICAO’s CORSIA carbon offsetting scheme was centre stage at this year’s Global Sustainable Aviation Summit (GSAS) in Geneva organised by the industry’s Air Transport Action Group (ATAG). Marking 10 years since

October 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Prior to Take-off: The Digest’s 2018 Multi-Slide Guide to Renewable Jet Fuels and Certification

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Before renewable jet fuel production comes renewable jet fuel certification. What is involved? FAA and CAAFI stalwart Mark Rumizen presented on the process, the steps, the milestones and more at ABLC 2018 in Washington DC.  READ MORE

July 17, 2018 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuels: 10 Years, 100,000 Flights and We’re Still Arguing about Feedstock – Why?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  This week marks the 10th anniversary of the first demo flight on biofuel  which was done by Virgin Atlantic. LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren shared the factoid that, since that day, more than 100,000 commercial flights have used low carbon fuels. “This is especially amazing since in 2006

February 27, 2018 Read Full Article

GE Aviation Starts Engine Combustor Testing of Unblended Gevo ATJ Renewable Fuel

(GreenAir Online)  Engine manufacturer GE Aviation has started jet engine combustor testing using unblended renewable alcohol-to-jet (ATJ) fuel produced by Gevo. The testing is part of the FAA’s Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise Program (CLEEN) and is specifically designed to enable greater displacement of petroleum-based jet fuel by bio-based alternative products.

February 5, 2018 Read Full Article

CAAFI (Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) Expands Leadership Team; Chris Tindal Added as CAAFI Assistant Director

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative)  CAAFI announced today (January 16, 2018) that it is expanding its Administrative Leadership Team, naming Chris Tindal as CAAFI’s Assistant Director, a new role designed to enhance CAAFI’s outreach, catalyzation, and execution efforts.  “I am extremely pleased that Chris Tindal has come onboard in this new

January 19, 2018 Read Full Article

CAAFI Highlights Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel Activities of 2017 and Plans for 2018

by Joanne Ivancic* (Advanced Biofuels USA)  The  Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) has taken stock of its busy 2017 and has set priorities for 2018. Highlights on the sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) front include development of many resources available to the public on the CAAFI website. Progress on

January 12, 2018 Read Full Article

Notes from Scaleville: The Global Bioenergies, Gevo and Siluria Stories

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) This week we’ve received news from three companies that have struck out in search of new markets for their fundamental processes, and new applications for biotechnology in some ancient and ossified markets such as jet fuel, C3 chemicals and gasoline. The News from Global Bioenergies In

December 20, 2017 0 comment Read Full Article

GE Aviation Testing 100% Gevo ATJ Fuel

(GEVO)  Testing Being Performed as Part of FAA’s CLEEN Program to Promote the Use of Bio-Based Jet Fuels  —  Gevo, Inc.(NASDAQ:GEVO), announced today (December 11, 2017) that GE Aviation had commenced jet engine combustor component testing with a jet fuel comprised 100% of Gevo’s renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) .  The testing

December 14, 2017 Read Full Article

UTIA Awarded FAA Grant to Analyze Biorefinery Supply Chains

(UrekAlert!/University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture)  Alternative jet fuels could grow opportunities in the southeast  —  Researchers from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) have received a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin a three-year project to perform a multitude of techno-market analyses of U.S. biorefinery supply chains

November 9, 2017 Read Full Article

AVAPCO, BYOGY Renewables, and Petron Scientech Announce Partnership to Demonstrate Technologies in the ABBA Integrated Biorefinery Projec

(PR Web)  The ABBA Integrated Biorefinery project, to be built at the AVAPCO Thomaston Georgia site, will co-produce bio jet fuel and Bioplus® nanocellulose. It has received a Phase 1, $3.7 million award from the Department of Energy. Negotiations with the Department of Energy (DOE) were completed and Phase 1 of

October 10, 2017 Read Full Article

Research Progressing on How to Spur Wide Use of Aviation Biofuels

(Penn State News)  Slowed as much by extremely low oil prices as supply-chain and technological challenges, the effort to integrate biofuels into the nation’s aviation fuel supply is nonetheless progressing, according to a researcher in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences. Sustainable jet fuel continues to represent an important component of

June 30, 2017 Read Full Article

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

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  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

April 28, 2017 Read Full Article

Vertimass to Present at U.S. Department of Energy’s Annual Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) Conference

(Vertimass, LLC)  One of four advanced biofuels and bioproducts technology companies invited to present  —  Vertimass LLC is proud to announce that it is one of four companies selected to present at the “Pitch for a Green Future” session at the “Bioeconomy 2017: Domestic Resources for a Vibrant Future” conference

April 20, 2017 Read Full Article

Government Policy Action Is Key to the Large-Scale Deployment of Aviation Biofuels, Hears ICAO Seminar

(GreenAir Online)  Although sustainable alternative fuels are key to meeting the aviation sector’s long-term emissions goals, supportive government policies are required to bring these fuels to global deployment. This was a central theme of last week’s ICAO Seminar on Alternative Fuels in Montreal that brought together a range of stakeholders

February 24, 2017 Read Full Article

Ground Delay: Where Are the Sustainable Aviation Fuels?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … (S)omething less than $200 million has been so far positively and affordably earmarked by lenders to revolutionize the entire supply chain of US air transportation fuels. Which is to say, you can just about get better terms for money from loansharkers to bet on the

February 21, 2017 Read Full Article

Aviation Firms Turn to Seaweed, Sugar

(AFP/China Post)  The air transportation sector is turning slowly toward sustainable fuels as part of the global fight against climate change. But adoption has been delayed due to a lack of incentives and low oil prices. … Even partially replacing jet fuel with sustainable biofuels can make an impact. That is

February 14, 2017 Read Full Article

Renewable Fuels for all Transport Modes: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Byogy Renewables

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Byogy has developed a catalytic platform that converts any source of ethanol, butanol, mixed alcohols, or related olefins, into full replacement, and cost competitive biofuels including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Byogy’s jet fuel is not an additive, but instead, a full replacement standalone fuel,

December 1, 2016 Read Full Article

Jet R&D: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the ASCENT Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The ASCENT Center of Excellence at Washington State University is focusing on meeting the environmental and energy goals of the Next Generation Air Transportation System, including reducing noise, improving air quality, reducing climate impacts, and energy efficiency. Also, exploring ways to produce sustainable aviation fuels at commercial scale,

November 6, 2016 Read Full Article

USDA Results: Powering America with a More Sustainable Energy Future

(U.S. Department of Agriculture)  … The Obama Administration has pursued a carefully balanced approach, deploying technologies that improve the very best of our existing energy sources, while rigorously implementing policies that invest in the second and third generations of tomorrow’s fuels. … In the last eight years, USDA has helped lead

October 3, 2016 Read Full Article

Low Carbon Fuel Project Achieves Breakthrough as LanzaTech Produces Jet Fuel from Waste Gases for Virgin Atlantic

(Virgin Atlantic)  For the first time ever, 1,500 US gallons of jet fuel has been produced from ‘Lanzanol’, LanzaTech’s low carbon ethanol; Producing the world’s first jet fuel derived from waste industrial gases from steel mills via fermentation process; The alcohol-to-jet (AtJ) fuel has passed all its initial performance tests with flying colours; Initial analyses

September 15, 2016 Read Full Article

FAA Grants PrecisionHawk First Waiver to Fly Drones beyond Line of Sight

by Lia Reich (PrecisionHawk)  Since receiving an experimental airworthiness certificate from the FAA to research operations within extended visual line of sight, PrecisionHawk has proven a safety case to advance its research to include commercial operations beyond the visual line of sight of the drone operator Under a Part 107 waiver

September 5, 2016 Read Full Article

White House Releases “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy”

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a new White House report, titled “Federal Alternative Jet Fuel Research and Development Strategy,” sets out prioritized federal research and development goals and objectives to address key scientific and technical challenges that inhibit the development, production, and use of economically viable alternative jet

August 1, 2016 Read Full Article

CAAFI Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

(Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) We are proud to announce the 10th Anniversary of the initiation of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI) as of May 24, 2016, and more importantly, to reflect on the success we’ve achieved to date, and to similarly look ahead to solving the challenging issues

May 27, 2016 Read Full Article

Ethanol Industry Uses UAS for Variety of Applications

by Ann Bailey (Ethanol Producer Magazine) … Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) use in the ethanol industry is taking off. From checking on corn fields, to inspecting ethanol plants, to looking over rail cars before shipment, farmers and ethanol producers increasingly are turning to UAS to improve the efficiencies of their operations.

May 16, 2016 Read Full Article

A Global Force for Good: The Digest’s Multi-Slide Guide to the US Navy’s Military Biofuels Program

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  To explain the Navy’s marine and aviation biofuels program, Chris Tindal gave the following presentation at ABLC 2016 in February. As we described it earlier this year, “They’re here. $2.05 per gallon, at-scale, domestically produced advanced renewable fuels — utilizing non-food feedstocks and based on next-generation

May 13, 2016 Read Full Article

Air Canada and Biojet Supply Chain Initiative Choose Montréal-Trudeau Airport for Aviation Biofuel Project

(Yahoo! Finance/Air Canada)  Air Canada today announced Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI) will be held at Montréal-Trudeau Airport. It is a three-year collaborative project with 14 stakeholder organizations to introduce 400,000 litres of sustainable aviation biofuel (biojet) into a shared fuel system. Previous Air Canada biofuel flights used biojet

May 10, 2016 Read Full Article

Fifth Bio-based Jet Fuel Approved by FAA

by Curt Epstein (AIN Online)  The FAA recently approved a new, alternative bio-based jet fuel that meets ASTM International standards. Known as Alcohol to Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (ATJ-SPK), the new aviation fuel is created from isobutanol, an alcohol that is derived from feed stocks such as sugar, corn or

April 27, 2016 Read Full Article

New Alternative Jet Fuel Approved

(Federal Aviation Administration)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has played an integral role in development, testing and recent approval of a new alternative, environmentally-friendly, bio-based jet fuel, bringing the total number of these approved products for use in air travel to five. This new fuel will make air travel more

April 15, 2016 Read Full Article

Virent Bio-Jet Provides More than 50% Reduction in Particulate Matter Emissions

(Virent)  Rolls-Royce Testing Demonstrates Virent Synthesized Aromatic Kerosene (SAK) Bio-Jet Fuel Blend Provides Health and Environmental Benefits While Maintaining Engine Performance Bio-jet emissions testing by Rolls-Royce and supported by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) under the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise (CLEEN) program, confirmed that jet fuels containing Virent’s

January 8, 2016 Read Full Article

All Indonesian Airliners Will in 2018 Be Obliged to Use Aviation Biofuel that Can Reduce Air Pollution

by Leo Jegho (Global Indonesian Voices)  All airline companies operating in Indonesia will be obliged to use aviation biofuel for their aircraft instead of avtur from 2018 onwards, which aims to help reduce air pollution, Minister of Transportation Ignasius Jonan said in Washington last Friday (23/10). According to the minister, the

October 29, 2015 Read Full Article

FAA Partners with Indonesia’s DGCA to Advance Aviation Biofuels

by Juliet Van Wagenen (Avionics Magazine)  The FAA and Indonesian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have signed an agreement to promote the development and use of sustainable, alternative aviation fuels, as well as additional environmental collaboration between the two nations. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) builds on the U.S. government’s

October 27, 2015 Read Full Article

FAA Awards $100 Million in Next CLEEN Phase to Aid Development of Green Aircraft and Biofuel Technologies

(Green Air Online)  The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has marked the launch of the second phase of its Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN II) programme by awarding $100 million to eight companies to develop and demonstrate technologies that reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise. The companies are

October 4, 2015 Read Full Article

U.S. May Take First Step to Curb Airline Emissions This Week: Sources

by Valerie Volcovici (Planet Ark/Reuters)  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans as soon as Friday to determine whether carbon dioxide from aircraft endangers public health, a first step to regulating emissions from the aviation sector, sources familiar with the rulemaking process said. The EPA has yet to issue its “endangerment

June 3, 2015 Read Full Article

Look, up in the Sky! The Best of the Aviation Biofuels Slides from ABLC 2015

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Great Scott! New molecules, new feedstocks, new technologies, and reaching scale — the best of the best.  At ABLC 2015, the focus on innovation included a complete program on aviaiton — and numerous producers elsewhere on the program are producing aviation biofuels as a party

March 30, 2015 Read Full Article

Despite Setbacks, Biofuels Industry Hopeful at 2014 DOE Biomass Conference

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  At the Department of Energy’s two-day conference Biomass 2014: Growing the Future Bioeconomy, technologies, feedstocks, and innovation in the bioenergy sector were on display.  Attendees celebrated three U.S. advanced cellulosic biofuel refineries that are close to commercial production, several public-private partnerships that have spurred research

August 13, 2014 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuel Takes Flight

by Zoe Martin (Iowa Farmer Today)MONTICELLO — After years of research, biofuels in the aviation industry are almost ready for take off. The requirements to replace jet fuel at 40,000 feet present a challenge, but airplane manufacturers such as Boeing have set goals for sustainable air travel by the end

August 6, 2014 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuel Takes Flight

By Zoe Martin (Iowa Farmer Today) After years of research, biofuels in the aviation industry are almost ready for take off. The requirements to replace jet fuel at 40,000 feet present a challenge, but airplane manufacturers such as Boeing have set goals for sustainable air travel by the end of the

July 9, 2014 Read Full Article

Alternative Jet Fuels: Federal Activities Support Development and Usage, but Long-term Commercial Viability Hinges on Market Factors

(Government Accountability Office)   The federal government supports the development and use of alternative jet fuels through both broad and targeted initiatives. Broad national strategies promote the development of a variety of alternative fuels—including alternative jet fuel—to help achieve national goals, such as securing energy independence, fostering economic development, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In

May 22, 2014 Read Full Article

Biofuels Digest Posts "Hot Slides" from Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  On ABLC’s opening morning, we have some of the top slides -an inside look from Inbicon, Ensyn, GranBio, Sapphire Energy, LanzaTech – hot topics such as product portfolios, refinery integration, policy cliffs, the use of biomass, and opportunities for US-Brazilian cooperation on technology, feedstock and

April 25, 2014 Read Full Article

Boeing Finds Significant Potential In 'Green Diesel' As A Sustainable Jet Fuel

(AviationPros.com/PR NewsWire)  Boeing [NYSE: BA] has identified “green diesel,” a renewable fuel used in ground transportation, as a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel that emits at least 50 percent less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel over its lifecycle. The company is working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

January 14, 2014 Read Full Article
  2014 CAAFI General Meeting and Expo   January 28-29  Washington, DC

2014 CAAFI General Meeting and Expo January 28-29 Washington, DC

The 2014 CAAFI General Meeting on January 28 and 29, 2014 will include presentations and white papers covering key issues facing the alternative aviation fuels industry as well as panels providing industry and stakeholder perspectives. The 2014 CAAFI General Meeting will be bigger than ever and is taking place at

December 12, 2013 Read Full Article
  CLEEN II Industry Day    December 3, 2013    Washington, DC

CLEEN II Industry Day December 3, 2013 Washington, DC

Federal Aviation Administration will be holding an Industry Day for the CLEEN II solicitation on December 3, 2013 at the Washington DC Convention Center.  Under NextGen, the FAA initiated the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program in 2010 to accelerate development and commercialization of aircraft technology and sustainable

November 21, 2013 Read Full Article

An NGO Message for the ICAO Assembly: Introduce a Global Market-Based Measure Now

(GreenAir Online)  …  On regional measures, where the subtext is aviation’s future in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), any environmental credibility was nullified by US insistence on limiting emissions covered to those within regional airspace. If all 191 member states of ICAO decided to take part in such regional

September 19, 2013 Read Full Article

Washington State University Tri-Cities to Head Federal Jet Bio-fuel Research Center

by Anna King (KPLU)  Washington State University will lead a new federal research center focused on finding new biofuels for jet airplanes. …WSU will work closely with the FAA, MIT near Boston and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The project, centered in Richland, will spend more than $40 million over

September 16, 2013 Read Full Article

Aviation RFJ: Are You Getting on Board? Technical Pathway Development–Expanding Supply and Reducing Cost

by Aino Siirala (Advanced Biofuels USA)  Steve Csonka, as director of Enviro Strategy and Ecomagination, GE Aviation, the world-leading provider of jet engines, gave an overview of the importance of renewable jet fuel specifications leading to commercialization at the Biomass 2012 conference. Industry is working in concert to catalyze promising,

April 26, 2013 Read Full Article

Vilsack, LaHood Extend Aviation Biofuels Commitment

by John Davis (DomesticFuel.com)  Two members of Pres. Obama’s cabinet today have signed their names to an agreement that will extend the administration’s commitment to the production of biofuels for use in airplanes. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood have extended by five years the “Farm

April 15, 2013 Read Full Article

Aviation Biofuels: Are you Getting on Board? Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels: An Update on Efforts

by Nate Brown (Federal Aviation Administration)  Nate Brown, Alternative Fuels Project Manager of the Federal Aviation Administration, presented an update on FAA’s efforts at the Biomass 2012 conference. FAA’s approach is advancing the use of alternative jet fuels.  FAA collaborates via the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. CAAFI is an

March 6, 2013 Read Full Article

FAA and Spain Cooperate in Alternative Aviation Fuels

(Federal Aviation Administration) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency (AESA) signed a Declaration of Cooperation to promote the development and use of sustainable alternative aviation fuels in the United States and Spain. The Declaration was signed by Carey Fagan, FAA Executive Director for

February 14, 2013 Read Full Article

NIST Posts Presentations for 4th International Conference on Biofuels Standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced that it has posted presentations from the 4th International Conference on Biofuels Standards:  Current Issues, Future Trends on its web site.  The purpose of the meeting was to provide a forum for discussion of documentary and measurement standards and technologies for biofuels,

November 26, 2012 Read Full Article
  Notice of Public Meeting to Establish the FAA Center of Excellence (COE) for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment (AJF&E)  November 15-16, 2012  Washington, DC

Notice of Public Meeting to Establish the FAA Center of Excellence (COE) for Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment (AJF&E) November 15-16, 2012 Washington, DC

(Federal Aviation Administration)  SUMMARY: The FAA is forming a COE for AJF&E during FY-13. The COE will be a consortium of the FAA, university partners, and private industry affiliates selected by the FAA Administrator to work collectively on business and operational issues of mutual interest and concern. DATES: As planned, the FAA

October 26, 2012 Read Full Article

Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee Final Report Now Available

(Federal Aviation Administration)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is committed to developing a fiscally responsible action plan to meet the agency’s goal of making an unleaded fuel available for most of the general aviation fleet to replace 100 octane low-lead (100LL) by 2018. The Unleaded Avgas Transition Aviation Rulemaking Committee

July 4, 2012 Read Full Article

Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuels Update on ASTM Approval

by Nate Brown (Federal Aviation Administration)  Power Point presentation with graphics illustrating the steps for new aviation fuel approval, graphic descriptions of anticipated aviation fuels (and progress of various pathways along the process).  Includes alcohol to jet, direct sugar to hydrocarbons, Hydrotreated Depolymerized Cellulosic Jet (Pyrolysis) (HDCJ), Catalytic Hydrothermolysis (CH) and other

May 30, 2012 Read Full Article
  Notice of Stakeholder Meeting: Industry Roundtable-DON/USDA/DOE/DOT-FAA Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Initiative   May 18, 2012   Washington, DC

Notice of Stakeholder Meeting: Industry Roundtable-DON/USDA/DOE/DOT-FAA Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Initiative May 18, 2012 Washington, DC

(U.S. Federal Register)  The United States Department of Navy (DoN) in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (DOT FAA), is hosting an industry roundtable with the full complement of participants in the biofuels supply

April 20, 2012 Read Full Article

USDA Explores Feasibility of Alternative Energy Production at Airports

(US Department of Agriculture)  A recent study conducted by researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) highlights the potential for alternative energy production at airports. The study findings were published in an article titled “Airports Offer Unrealized Potential for Alternative Energy Production”

April 10, 2012 Read Full Article

US Legislation to Prohibit Airlines from Joining EU ETS Moves a Step Closer as Senate Bill Receives Bipartisan Support

(GreenAirOnline)   A bill introduced into the US upper house by Republican Senator John Thune that would prohibit US aircraft operators from participating in the EU ETS has received backing from Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat. As the Democrats hold the balance of power in the Senate this bipartisan approach

March 9, 2012 Read Full Article

CAAFI Launches Path to Alternative Jet Fuel Readiness

(CAAFI)  The goal of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative® (CAAFI®) is to facilitate the development and deployment of alternative jet fuels that offer equivalent levels of safety and performance and compare favorably on cost with petroleum based jet fuel, and that offer environmental improvement and security of energy supply

January 26, 2012 Read Full Article

LanzaTech Raises $58M in Series C Round; Petronas Becomes Strategic Investor

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In India, LanzaTech is working with Indian Oil and Jindal Power and Steel Limited on a facility to convert industrial waste gases into ethanol. It also has partnered with Concord Blue on a project to convert municipal solid waste into ethanol throughout India. In the

January 23, 2012 Read Full Article

The 11 Top Biofuels Trends of 2011

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  There were IPOs a go-go, a big comeback from biodiesel. The global ethanol fleet has acquired new popularity amongst advanced biofuels developers looking for capital light steel in the ground. Meanwhile, gasification got hot. Seemed like every algae venture headed for Algstralia, and Brazil and

December 28, 2011 Read Full Article

Airlines Must Pay for Carbon Emissions on European Flights, High Court Rules

by Juliet Eilperin (The Washington Post)  Europe’s highest court ruled Wednesday that the European Union has the legal right to force foreign airlines to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions, a decision that could boost ticket prices but also encourage airlines to curb their carbon output. Starting in January, any

December 23, 2011 Read Full Article

Why the Shift over to Alcohol-to-Jet Fuels? Will ATJ Avoid the Cost Problems Plaguing Oilseed-bBased Fuels?

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But to make affordable jet fuel, say at a $4.00 cost per gallon to the airline, you really need to get feedstock at under 30 cents per pound, or less than $600 per ton. Otherwise, its impossible to get acceptable payback on the advanced technologies

December 5, 2011 Read Full Article

FAA Announces Alternative Energy Investments For Cleaner, More Sustainable Jet Fuel

(Federal Aviation Administration)  The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $7.7 million in contracts to eight companies to help advance alternative, environmentally-friendly, sustainable sources for commercial jet fuel.  The FAA funds are being distributed by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) John A. Volpe Center. “These new green aviation fuels will

December 2, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA Funds Project To Encourage Renewable Fuel Production, Job Creation In New Mexico

(Sapphire Energy)  Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA has issued a loan guarantee that will allow a biofuels firm to construct a facility in New Mexico to produce “green crude” oil from algae which can be refined into transportation fuel. The project is intended to advance American efforts

November 8, 2011 Read Full Article

As Jet Fuel Prices Soar, a Green Option Nears the Runway

by Marianne Lavelle   (National Geographic News)  …The standards-setting body ASTM International is set to vote this summer on certification of hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ) fuel. Tests both in the laboratory and in the air (led by a most prodigious jet fuel consumer, the U.S. Department of Defense) have shown

May 24, 2011 Read Full Article

MIT Adds to the Cap-and-Trade Debate

by James Ott (Aviation Week)  A report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) should be required reading for environmental policymakers. “The Impact of Climate Policy on US Aviation” was issued this week by the Transportation Research Board. It is an independent assessment and takes no prisoners in the sometimes

May 20, 2011 Read Full Article

USDA is Working to Create Supply, Demand for Biofuels

by Heather Thorstensen   (AgriNews.com)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture is working to create more supply and demand for renewable fuels nationwide, said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. …During a media briefing, he discussed how the government isfunding research into different sources of biomass, alternative ways to make biofuels and

April 28, 2011 Read Full Article

FAA Selects X PRIZE Foundation for Grant to Spur Renewable Aviation Fuels and Technologies

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters announced July 10, 2008, that the FAA has selected the X PRIZE Foundation to develop a strategy to create monetary incentives for developing renewable aviation fuels and technologies to stem the affect of pollutants from air travel.   “The race to refuel American aviation is on

July 25, 2008 Read Full Article

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