A maturing biojet fuel market

The latest biojet news points to a solid market developing for the advanced biofuel
By Ron Kotrba | April 20, 2016

For someone who has spent the past 11-plus years advocating for advanced biofuel expansion, it’s exciting for me to see a major, global market developing for one that holds such great promise and is delivering here and now—biojet fuel. While other advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol struggle on technical and market penetration levels, there seems to be no shortage of biojet developments. Here’s one of the latest.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines recently launched a series of around 80 biofuel flights from Oslo to Amsterdam operated with an Embraer 190 aircraft throughout this month and next.

Earlier this year, Oslo Airport Gardermoen became the world’s first airport to offer Neste biojet fuel in its hydrant system. Biojet fuel will also be delivered by separate fuel trucks for the series of flights operated by KLM Cityhopper. KLM says the advanced biofuel has to be supplied by fuel trucks for these flights to measure its efficiency compared to conventional kerosene jet fuel during the Embraer flights.

KLM intends to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent in 2020 compared to 2011 levels. It expects to accomplish this through fleet renewal, increasing flight efficiency and using biojet fuel. KLM’s recent inclusion of the fuel-efficient Embraer’s E175 is helping achieve this mission. Compared with the current Fokker 70 equipment, it consumes 18 percent less fuel with an equivalent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

Neste’s biojet fuel is refined in Porvoo, Finland, and meets the requirements of ASTM 7566 for aviation fuels. It’s blended 50/50 with Jet A-1. The biojet portion is made from RSB-certified camelina oil and Neste says its use will result in greenhouse gas emissions reductions of 47 percent compared to fossil jet fuel. The biojet fuel is produced within the Initiative Towards SustAinable Kerosene for Aviation project and supplied by Air BP and SkyNRG. The ITAKA consortium, founded by leading companies in the airline and fuel industries, receive financial support from the European Commission.


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