Advanced biofuels developments and biojet fuels in particular remain high on the Task 39 agenda with good industry involvement. The upcoming IEA Bioenergy conference in Berlin will feature a Task 39 sponsored session entitled, Progress in the development and use of advanced liquid biofuels. The speakers in this sessions include, Michael Lakeman (Boeing, USA), Sari Mannonen, (UPM Biofuels, Finland), Simone Ferrero, (Biochemtex, Italy) and Maarten van Dijk (SkyNRG, Netherlands) who will give an international perspective of the advanced biofuels area, highlighting biojet in particular. As described in the recent Task 39 report on “The potential and challenges for producing drop-in biofuels”, biojet fuels have to be liquid bio-hydrocarbons that are functionally equivalent to petroleum fuels and are fully compatible with existing petroleum infrastructure. Various technology pathways are at the pre-commercialisation stage of development with airlines such as United investing $30 million into Fulcrum Bioenergy as well as agreeing to purchase 15 million gallons of sustainable biojet fuel from AltAir Fuels. Similarly, Red Rock Biofuels’ has announced its intention to supply Fedex with approximately 3 million gallons of renewable biojet fuel per year. As well as our ongoing work on drop-in (aviation and maritime) biofuels, Task 39 has been comparing the strengths/weaknesses of the various life cycle assessment (LCA) models used to assess the benefits of various biofuels. As the main driver for using biojet fuel is their GHG emissions reduction potential, this project is very complementary to the ongoing drop-in/biojet work that will continue in the coming triennium.
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