ICYMI with Chelsa: Progress in Ethanol-to-SAF
I find this article interesting because as more airlines announce goals to reduce their carbon footprint, there will be a greater demand for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Generally, SAF is created by blending fossil-based kerosene with renewable hydrocarbons. For example, cellulosic waste, used cooking, and camelina oils are possible feedstock options. The following article talks about the potential of the first plant to use ethanol to create SAF, which will add another feedstock option to the emerging fuel.
LanzaJet Secures $50M in Funding from Microsoft Climate Innovation Fund
LanzaJet is planning to build a 10 million-gal/year facility designed to convert ethanol into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) in Soperton, Georgia. Recently, Microsoft announced they will be investing $50 million into the project which will be constructed and begin producing fuel by 2023.
Jimmy Samartzis, LanzaJet CEO, said:
“We set a bold ambition to support the White House with a goal of 1 billion gallons of sustainable fuels by 2030. With Microsoft’s support, this first plant significantly expands the production of sustainable fuels in the US, establishes Georgia as a leader in clean tech, and is the foundation for us as the first alcohol-to-jet sustainable fuels producer, and as a blueprint for the commercial plants we’re developing globally.”
Ethanol-to-SAF Progress Continues Elsewhere
Various companies have also expressed interest in utilizing ethanol for SAF production including Gevo & ADM and UGI Corporation & Vertimass.
Chelsa Anderson is a Regulatory Consultant for EcoEngineers. She has an eye for innovate sustainability projects. Have you seen relevant or innovative news or articles surrounding the Clean Energy Economy? If so, shoot her an email at canderson.@ecoengineers.us, and she can feature it in the next update. Articles should be evergreen in nature and not specifically tied to a particular publication date.