Monthly Archives: July 2014

22 07, 2014

Is government support needed for bio jetfuels?

By |July 22nd, 2014|Policy, SkyNRG|0 Comments|

The aviation sector needs to start making the switch to biofuels today to make a tangible impact on lowering carbon emissions in 15 years’ time, according to Dr Ausilio Bauen, director of sustainable energy consultancy E4tech. In a new report commissioned by the UK consortium Sustainable Aviation (SA), E4tech estimates that sustainable aviation fuels will account for up to 3.3% of global aviation fuel use in 2030, potentially reducing carbon emissions by 35 million tonnes a year. While many low carbon fuels from biomass or waste are in development, Bauen concludes that operators need to start using them today […]

17 07, 2014

Brazil World Cup team flying high on sustainable jet fuel

By |July 17th, 2014|Aviation|0 Comments|

Brazil have got off to a flying start at the World Cup fuelled by Neymar, Oscar, and used cooking oil. GOL Airlines, which is transporting the Seleção, is using Honeywell Green Jet Fuel made from inedible corn oil and used cooking oil blended with 50 per cent petroleum-based jet fuel to power 200 commercial flights during the competition, including those carrying the national team to games across Brazil. UOP LLC, the Honeywell-owned company that developed the process behind the fuel, has supplied nearly 92,000 litres to GOL and says it will reduce greenhouse gases by 185 metric tonnes of […]

14 07, 2014

Green sky thinking: Can the world grow enough jet fuel?

By |July 14th, 2014|Aviation, Other News, SkyNRG|0 Comments|

When it comes to the environment, aviation has a rather dirty reputation. The industry produced 689 million tons of CO2 in 2012, according to Air Transport Action Group (12% of global transportation’s carbon dioxide emissions) — a number that is sure to grow as global demand for flight continues to skyrocket.

“Aviation will double in size worldwide in the next two decades, and if we’re not able to provide a sustainable means to fly, we will create a ceiling for growth in the industry,” says Ignaas Caryn, director of innovation at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

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14 07, 2014

Petrixo selects UoP’s technology for renewable diesel facility

By |July 14th, 2014|Producer News|0 Comments|

UOP announced that its green fuels process technology has been selected by Petrixo Oil & Gas to produce renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel at a new refinery to be built in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. Petrixo will process approximately 500,000 metric tons per year of feedstocks into renewable jet fuel and renewable diesel. Petrixo is investing USD 800 million.

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14 07, 2014

KiOR may sell the company after missing a loan payment

By |July 14th, 2014|Producer News|0 Comments|

KiOR has hired Guggenheim Securities to advise on possibly selling the company after failing to make a $1.88 million loan payment. The state of Mississippi has agreed to a loan forbearance on 75 million $ loan.

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14 07, 2014

EU companies win €39 million for bioethanol plant

By |July 14th, 2014|Research & Development|0 Comments|

Dong Energy and Novozymes have been awarded €39 million from the European Union (EU) to build a plant in Denmark.
The plant will use straw to produce clean fuel.

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14 07, 2014

European biodiesel shying away from rapeseed feedstock

By |July 14th, 2014|Feedstock|0 Comments|

In Europe, biodiesel production from rapeseed will remain at about 5.5 million metric tons, down 20% from the high in 2010 when 6.88 million tons were produced. Overall demand for biodiesel, which represents 80% of the European biofuel market, is also seen stagnating at 12.28 million liters, down 12.7% from the 2011 high.

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14 07, 2014

Sinopec, Sapphire Energy project unveiled in China; wins US-China EcoPartnerships nod

By |July 14th, 2014|Supply-chain initiatives|0 Comments|

The Digest has heard from China that Sapphire Energy’s and Sinopec’s algae-derived renewable crude oil project has been selected for the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships program, and that the announcement is being made overnight US time in Beijing, China, by the U.S. Secretary of State and the People’s Republic of China State Councilor.

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11 07, 2014

BioPort Holland appoints chairman of the Steering Board

By |July 11th, 2014|SkyNRG|0 Comments|

Six months after signing the Letter of Intent with the Dutch Minister of State, the public-private partnership BioPort Holland has appointed Luuk van der Wielen as its Chairman of the Steering Board. BioPort Holland is the joint initiative of KLM, Schiphol Airport, SkyNRG, Neste Oil, Port of Rotterdam and the Dutch Ministries of Infrastructure and Environment as well as Economic Affairs to strengthen the development and deployment of sustainable aviation biofuels in the Netherlands.

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11 07, 2014

Japanese airlines eye powering jumbo jets biofuel in 2020

By |July 11th, 2014|Aviation|0 Comments|

Japanese airlines and aircraft manufacturers are starting an initiative to mass-produce biofuels that can power commercial flights, with the goal of launching the business in 2020. Among the 33 companies and organizations participating are U.S.-based Boeing, the University of Tokyo, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways. A supply network will be established as early as 2020. The article doesn’t give any background information on the sustainability criteria.

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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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