Monthly Archives: January 2015

29 01, 2015

GE Joins Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium

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GE has become the latest in a number of high-profile companies to join the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC). The consortium now consists of Masdar Institute, GE, Etihad Airways, Boeing, Honeywell UOP, and Safran. The aim of this consortium is the development and support of technologies/approaches to producing “sustainable bioenergy” — which is to say (for the most part), aviation industry efforts to develop “next-gen” fuels. The SBRC was founded by The Masdar Institute of Science & Technology and a number of the other current members of the consortium.

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29 01, 2015

Contract awarded for UAE pilot project that will use desert plants and seawater to produce jet biofuel

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AA consortium of aviation, biofuel and research interests have awarded a contract to construct the world’s first bioenergy pilot project that will use desert land and seawater to produce sustainable aviation fuel in the United Arab Emirates. The project, which is expected to be operational by late summer, is based on research carried out at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology into using coastal seawater to raise fish and shrimp for food, whose nutrient-rich wastewater then fertilises oil-rich halophyte plants that can be harvested for aviation biofuel production. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) was founded by Masdar, […]

29 01, 2015

United and JetBlue see value in a customer demand for environmentally sustainable holiday destinations

By |January 29th, 2015|Aviation, CSR|0 Comments|

United Airlines has launched a new travel programme for customers looking to incorporate sustainability and environmental responsibility into their holiday requirements. The airline is partnering with The Mark Travel Corporation, its exclusive tour operator for United Vacations, and global non-profit Sustainable Travel International (STI) on the programme. JetBlue, another Us airline, has carried out a study into the relationship between a tourist destination’s ecosystems and the value that has to the airline in a purely business sense. Leisure travel to the Caribbean’s pristine beaches and clear seas is key to JetBlue’s business model but that could be impacted by […]

29 01, 2015

Researchers identify materials to improve biofuel and petroleum processing

By |January 29th, 2015|Research & Development|0 Comments|

Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. Both petrochemical and biofuel refineries use materials called zeolites that act as molecular sieves to sort, filter, and trap chemical compounds, as well as catalyze chemical reactions necessary to produce and upgrade fuel and chemical feedstock from petroleum-based and renewable resources. There are more than 200 known zeolites and hundreds of thousands predicted zeolite variations. As synthesizing new zeolites in the lab is a long process, […]

29 01, 2015

European biodiesel supply chain wants policymakers to be wary of ILUC methodology

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In Belgium, prominent researchers have underlined the benefits of biodiesel as well as their reservations regarding the readiness of the indirect land use (ILUC) science for EU policymaking. According to the researchers, the science behind ILUC is still inconclusive and too sensitive to choices made regarding input data and parameters. For similar reasons, the international standard organization (ISO) decided not to include ILUC into standards until the science is more developed.

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29 01, 2015

World’s largest oil refinery adds Algenol algae demonstration project

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In India, Algenol and Reliance Industries have successfully deployed India’s first Algenol algae production platform. The demonstration module is located near the Reliance Jamnagar Refinery, the world’s largest oil refinery. Algenol is currently commercializing its patented algae technology platform for production of ethanol and other biofuels. The company’s technology enables the production of the four most important fuels (ethanol, gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel) for around $1.30 per gallon each using proprietary algae, sunlight, carbon dioxide and saltwater at production levels of 8,000 total gallons of liquid fuel per acre per year.

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22 01, 2015

BP’s intellectual and physical cellulosic ethanol assets for sale

By |January 22nd, 2015|Producer News|0 Comments|

“The current challenging external business environment is resulting in tough strategic choices having to be made by businesses across BP. In Biofuels, the decision has been taken to cease further development of BP’s proprietary ligno-cellulosic technology.” Since 2008, BP has invested over $750m and created a distinctive capability set with roughly 300 staff to develop and license a leading cellulosic ethanol technology. This decision will affect ligno-cellulosic activities including a demonstration plant in Jennings, Louisiana, technology center in San Diego, the Highlands feedstock farm in Florida, as well as some activities in Brazil and centrally.

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22 01, 2015

Amyris enters renewable solvents market

By |January 22nd, 2015|Producer News|0 Comments|

In California, Amyris announced plans to launch its first industrial cleaning products containing Amyris’s Myralene™ renewable solvents through U.S. AutoForce and U.S. Lubricants, divisions of U.S. Venture, Inc.

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22 01, 2015

D´Arcinoff group proceeds with gas-to-liquids project in Texas

By |January 22nd, 2015|Producer News|0 Comments|

The investment group signed a contract with Amec Foster Wheeler to provide engineering and technical services for an intergrated 30,000 bpd syngas to liquids facility, primarily producing jet fuels. They plan to run the facility on natural gas and biomass.

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21 01, 2015

IATA environmental assessment program improving biofuels

By |January 21st, 2015|Sustainability|0 Comments|

IATA declared that five airlines have recently successfully completed stages of the IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) program. Finnair and South African Airways have completed IEnvA the Stage 2 assessment, which ascertains that an airline has developed procedures for checking and inspecting its performance against its environmental targets and objectives. Icelandair, Qatar Airways and SriLankan Airlines have completed IEnvA Stage 1.

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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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