Monthly Archives: January 2014

20 01, 2014

Boeing sees potential in green diesel as sustainable jet fuel

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‘Green diesel’ made from oils and fats could be used to fuel aircraft, according to new research by Boeing.
The company says green diesel, a renewable fuel used in ground transportation and chemically different to biodiesel, could provide a significant new source of sustainable aviation biofuel that emits at least 50% less carbon dioxide than fossil fuel over its lifecycle.

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20 01, 2014

Advanced biorefinery project commences in China

By |January 20th, 2014|Producer News|0 Comments|

China New Energy (CNE) has been awarded a contract by Jilin-based New Tian Long Alcohol (NTLA) to provide technology and services for a new second generation biorefinery.
The multi-phase contract, with phase one expected to last two years, is said to be worth CNY10 million (€1.2 million). The biorefinery is expected to have a capacity of 50,000 tonnes a year.

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20 01, 2014

Airbus has Record Year

By |January 20th, 2014|Aviation|0 Comments|

Airbus posted an industry record of 1,619 new aircraft orders in 2013, pushing its backlog to almost nine years of production, and said it was examining the potential for a two-stage increase in production of its most popular jets.

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20 01, 2014

European Commissioners dallying on 2030 targets including biofuels

By |January 20th, 2014|Policy|0 Comments|

The negotiations by the European Commission’s College of Commissions on the 2030 renewable energy targets are suspiciously quiet about targets for biofuels. Renewable energy targets in general are at risk as talks look to lower greenhouse gas emissions targets to 35% from th previously expected level of 40%. That would lower renewables targets to 24% from 27% while a specific target for biofuels remains uncertain.

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20 01, 2014

What Google’s purchase of Nest means for clean tech

By |January 20th, 2014|CSR|0 Comments|

Google announced it will acquire Nest Labs for $3.2 billion dollars. Founded by former Apple engineers Tony Faddell and Matt Rogers, the four-year-old company makes a popular smart thermostat and combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector.

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20 01, 2014

Verizon gives Mosaic $1 million to crowdfund developing-world solar

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Mosaic received a $1 million award to help provide electricity to the developing world. The money will the company to fund solar projects in developing countries, using mobile phones as the medium for financial transfers. As solar projects are completed and go online, the beneficiaries will use their mobile devices to repay developers and the investors who initially financed the projects.

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20 01, 2014

BP sees renewables outpacing fossil fuels

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According to BP renewables will continue to be the fastest-growing energy source. BP focusses on biofuels and wind farms after winding down its solar operations, the company committed to invest US$ 8 billion in alternative energy by 2015.

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20 01, 2014

Airbus signs agreement with Honeywell and Safran to develop green taxiing system

By |January 20th, 2014|Aviation|0 Comments|

The system allows aircraft to push back from the gate without a tug, taxi out to the runway and back to the gate after landing without operating the main engines. Per trip, this could result in a 4% CO2 reduction and also save roughly 2 minutes on pushback.

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20 01, 2014

KiOR discloses plans for 2014

By |January 20th, 2014|Producer News|0 Comments|

After achieving an on-stream percentage of 70% in the fourth quarter of last year KiOR now focusses on three goals. The company will aim to complete a series of optimization projects, it will continue the R&D efforts focused on increasing yields and KiOR will focus on managing its cash burn rate to reduce additional financing requirements.

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13 01, 2014

Honduras and the dirty war fuelled by the west’s drive for clean energy

By |January 13th, 2014|Other News|0 Comments|

The west’s drive to reduce its carbon footprint cheaply is fuelling a dirty war in Honduras, where US-backed security forces are implicated in the murder, disappearance and intimidation of peasant farmers involved in land disputes with local palm oil magnates.

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Sustainable jet fuels are produced from sustainable feedstocks like waste streams and non-food energy crops.

These fuels offer the single largest opportunity to reduce emissions, while ensuring long term fuel security for the aviation sector.

Sustainable jet fuel blends can be referred to as ‘drop-in’ fuels, because they have the ability to be used without any changes made to the infrastructure, such as distribution and engine fuel systems.
What are Sustainable Jet Fuels?
The aviation industry is the world’s fasted growing transport sector and responsible for approximately 2,5 % of the global manmade CO2 emissions. Even with efficiency measures taken, this figure is expected to rise to 4 – 4.5 per cent by 2050, without any mitigation.

One of the biggest challenges in reducing this impact is to look for solutions that preserve the sectors social benefits, while maintaining its growth.

99% of an airline’s emissions comes from the combustion of jet fuel. Energy sources like solar, electric and hydrogen do not offer an alternative as aviation will be relying on high density liquid energy carriers for the coming decades. Therefore, sustainable jet fuels are viewed as the best opportunity to reduce carbon emissions.

For more information on Sustainable jet fuel, you can read SkyNRG’s White Paper on Sustainable Jet Fuel.
Rationale for Sustainable Jet fuel
In every decision that we make, we follow the vision on sustainable fuels, set by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in the Energy Vision 2050.:

Sustainable biofuels:
• Exhibit minimal impact on biodiversity
• Meet a sustainability standard with respect to land, water, and energy use
• Do not displace or compete with food crops
• Provide a positive socioeconomic impact.

To ensure the sustainability of our fuels, we have established various measures and important partnerships:

SkyNRG has installed an independent Sustainability Board, consisting of the Dutch wing of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-NL), Solidaridad and the Copernicus Institute of the University of Utrecht that advises us on all feedstock and technology decisions.

SkyNRG is a member of the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials.

We are in continuous dialogue with local and global NGOs to make sure we do not miss important issues in respect to the feedstock we w(want to) use and fuel we make

To learn more about SkyNRG’s approach to sustainability, visit our sustainability page.
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