New Low Carbon Fuel Project Achieves Breakthrough

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LanzaTech produces jet fuel from waste gases for Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic, September 14, 2016: An innovative low carbon fuel project has taken a significant step forward after successfully producing 1,500 US gallons of jet fuel. The breakthrough towards developing commercially viable low carbon fuel is the result of a partnership between Virgin Atlantic and LanzaTech. Since 2011 they have been committed to producing the world’s first jet fuel derived from waste industrial gases from steel mills via a fermentation process. The breakthrough seem to be significant:

  • For the first time ever, 1,500 US gallons of jet fuel has been produced from 14‘Lanzanol’ – LanzaTech’s low carbon ethanol
  • For the first time, jet fuel is produced via fermentation process from waste industrial gases from steel mills
  • The alcohol-to-jet (AtJ) fuel has passed all its initial performance tests with flying colors
  • Initial analyses suggest the new fuel will result in carbon savings of 65% compared to conventional jet fuel

The Lanzanol was produced in China at the RSB (Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials) certified Shougang demonstration facility. The innovative alcohol-to-jet (AtJ) process was developed in collaboration with Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) with support from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and with the help of funding from HSBC.

LanzaTech and Virgin Atlantic are now set to continue to work with Boeing and a host of industry colleagues to complete the additional testing aircraft and engine manufacturers require before approving the fuel for first use in a commercial aircraft. Assuming all initial approvals are achieved, the innovative LanzaTech jet fuel could be used in a first of its kind proving flight in 2017.

Following a successful ‘proving flight’ the data collected will enable the partnership to seek approval to use the fuel on routine commercial flights. This would also help pave the way for LanzaTech to fund and build their first commercial jet fuel plant to supply fuel to Virgin Atlantic and other airlines. As a UK based partnership it is hoped the first LanzaTech jet fuel plant would be based in the UK.

“This is a real game changer for aviation and could significantly reduce the industry’s reliance on oil within our lifetime. Virgin Atlantic was the first commercial airline to test a bio-fuel flight and continues to be a leader in sustainable aviation”, said Sir Richard Branson. “We chose to partner with LanzaTech because of its impressive sustainability profile and the commercial potential of the jet fuel. Our understanding of low carbon fuels has developed rapidly over the last decade, and we are closer than ever before to bringing a sustainable product to the market for commercial use by Virgin Atlantic and other global airlines.”

“We can now truly imagine a world where a steel mill can not only produce the steel for the components of the plane but also recycle its gases to produce the fuel that powers the aircraft,” said Dr Jennifer Holmgren, Chief Executive of LanzaTech. “This program illustrates that such breakthroughs are only possible through collaboration. In this case, it is governments (US DOE, FAA, DARPA), laboratories (PNNL, AFRL, SWRI, MTU, UDRI), NGOs (RSB) and industry (Virgin, HSBC, Boeing, Shougang, Airlines for America) coming together to disrupt our current global carbon trajectory. We look forward to working with colleagues past, present and future to make this pioneering new fuel a commercial reality.”

Source: Virgin Atlantic

Neste: ‘Pre-order the Future’ Campaign

Renewable fuels are the future of aviation

 

Keilaranta, Finland, August 12, 2016: Who wouldn’t want to see a world in which renewable jet fuel powers the planes we travel in? This dream is becoming a reality faster than you would think. Oslo airport became the world’s first airport where one can fuel any airplane taking off from its runways with renewable aviation fuel. Their environment sparing renewable fuel is produced by Neste, the world’s leading producer of waste-based renewable fuels.

As a part of their forward looking Pre-order the Future project Neste and the American spoken word artist Prince Ea visited Oslo and produced a series of inspiring films that show just how far we have come with sustainable air travel – and it’s very encouraging. Renewable fuels are no longer just the aviation industry’s vision of a more sustainable future. Prince Ea challenged airline professionals and aviation specialists with questions and received surprisingly encouraging responses that all suggest a more sustainable future for aviation.

“There is no alternative to renewable fuels for aviation. If we want to cut our emissions we have to go down that road”, explains Olav Mosvold Larsen, Senior Advisor of Corporate Strategy and Development at Avinor, Oslo.

We can become less dependent on fossil fuels and create a more sustainable future. Neste is offering people a unique opportunity to participate in the future of renewable travel with its Pre-order the Future campaign. For more information and Prince Ea’s latest videos visit the project website.

 

Renewable fuels are the future of aviation

Richard Williams is a famous spoken word artist and an Internet sensation better known as Prince Ea. The strong-minded artist is also well known for raising awareness around environmental issues through his inspiring and attention grabbing videos. Prince Ea is widely recognized for his spoken word videos that have gathered over half a billion views on Social Media in addition to over 2.5 million followers on Facebook. He is a charismatic speaker who has made several appearances at global sustainability events. Source: Neste

Source: Neste Corporation

Joule: Award-winning CO2-to-Fuel Process

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Regulatory milestones set up for commercial success

 

Bedford, MA, April 6, 2016: Joule, a pioneer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled CO2, announced major accomplishments in the first quarter of 2016 that are accelerating the commercialization of environmentally sustainable ultra-low carbon fuel. These advancements include EPA approval of Joule’s Sunflow®-E ethanol process as an advanced biofuel and technical breakthroughs of Joule’s award-winning CO2-to-fuel process.

To make its Sunflow-E ethanol, which is chemically identical to traditional ethanol, Joule converts CO2 to ethanol directly in a continuous process, using engineered bacteria as living catalysts rather than biomass feedstocks. Following a rigorous vetting process, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has qualified Joule’s Sunflow-E ethanol pathway for generating advanced biofuel (D-code 5) RINs under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Under the CAA and the Renewable Fuel Standard, advanced biofuels must reduce lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 50 percent when compared to traditional petroleum based fuels. In the EPA’s analysis, Joule’s Sunflow-E was found to reduce lifecycle GHG emissions by a whopping 85 percent, significantly above the required threshold.

This recognition from the EPA validates Joule’s mission to create carbon-neutral fuels for a sustainable tomorrow, and follows the 2015 announcement that Joule’s Sunflow-E ethanol was registered by the EPA for commercial use. Further details on Joule’s helioculture process and the EPA’s analysis can be found in the full report, located here.

“Following strong momentum in 2015, we’re pleased to start this year off in such a productive manner, with some major highlights on the technical and regulatory front,” said Brian Baynes, Joule CEO. “The qualification from the EPA allows Joule to compete with other forms of ethanol and provides our customers and partners with the full benefit of renewable fuels from a cost, production and environmental standpoint.”

About Joule: Joule develops technology platforms for the production of sustainable, drop-in, ultra-low carbon transportation fuels. The company has pioneered a direct CO2-to-fuel production platform, effectively reversing combustion through the use of solar energy. This platform applies engineered catalysts to continuously convert waste CO2 directly into renewable fuels such as ethanol or hydrocarbons for diesel, jet fuel, and gasoline. The proprietary, scaled-down microchannel biomass-to-liquid process adds an indirect CO2 to liquid conversion capability. Flexible to utilize a variety of feedstocks, geographies, and climates, Joule’s processes enable unrivaled scalability and volume at ever reducing costs. Joule is privately held and has raised over $200 million in funding to date, led by Flagship Ventures. The company operates from Bedford in Massachusetts and Fort Collins in Colorado with production operations in Hobbs, New Mexico and in Lakeview, Oregon.

Source: Joule