In Colorado, Gevo and Alaska Airlines announced a strategic alliance to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly the first-ever commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ). The demonstration flight is expected to occur after Gevo receives ASTM International certification for its fuel, sometime in mid to late 2015.
In California, Fulcrum BioEnergy has selected Abengoa to build the first biorefinery using gasification technology to convert municipal solid waste into syncrude that will be upgraded into jet fuel. The contract is worth approximately$200 million. The Sierra BioFuels Plant is scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2017 with the production of more than 10 million gallons of renewable transportation fuel.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) has released a new draft standard which is a voluntary ‘add-on certification module’ to the RSB standard for biofuels and bio-products. Entitled ‘Low iLUC Risk Biomass Criteria and Compliance Indicators’, compliance with this new standard means producers will be able to demonstrate that biomass was produced with no indirect impact on food production or biodiversity. For example, thy could do this through an increase in yield, intercropping, using unused/degraded land, or waste/residue materials.
André Borschberg, co-founder and pilot of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) and is preparing for the biggest flight for the solar-powered airplane to date. André Borschberg will pilot the most energy-efficient airplane in the world from the most populous country in the world, China, to the very small island of Oahu, Hawaii. This is a first in aviation history and he will attempot to fly for five consecutive days and nights. The first possible date for the epic Pacific Crossing is Tuesday, May 12.
The European Parliament’s decision to safeguard Connecting Europe Facility and Horizon 2020 funds from the Juncker Plan projects is a positive move, in order to reach greenhouse gas and oil dependency reduction objectives.
The European Parliament gave its final approval on Tuesday (28 April) to a law limiting the use of crop-based biofuel in the transport sector. “With this limit, Europe will prevent emissions of up to 320 million tonnes of CO2, which would otherwise have been caused by extra bad biofuels needed to meet the 10% target. The emissions avoided equal to Poland’s total carbon emissions in 2012,” said Pietro Caloprisco, senior policy officer at Transport & Environment (T&E), a pressure group.
JetBlue turns in impressive fuel efficiency gains but emissions continue to grow as a result of traffic growth
To help meet its efficiency goals, JetBlue started an initiative last year called ‘Fuel is Everyone’s Business’, with staff implementing trials and procedures that have so far saved $2.5 million in fuel costs. One example is to reduce engine idling time, which can reduce fuel consumption by millions of pounds annually, it says.
The new 1.25-million-square-foot Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has become the largest terminal in the United States to achieve LEED Gold certification by the US Green Building Council.