Airline consortium goes full throttle on biofuel production

13 March 2013 16:09  [Source: ICIS news]

ROTTERDAM (ICIS)--A European airline consortium aims to produce 4,000 tonnes of jet biofuel over the next two years, the largest commitment to date for aviation biofuels, a speaker said on Wednesday.

Maarten van Dijk, leader of work package supply chain at ITAKA - the Initiative Towards Sustainable Kerosene for Aviation - said they are taking supply to the next level, but supply logistics are the biggest hurdle.

He told attendees at the World Biofuels Markets conference that there are no logistics for biojet as yet, but two pipeline systems are coming up.

SkyNRG managing director Dirk Kronemeijer said securing pipeline access for biofuels was a major challenge in large scale use of biofuel in commercial aviation.

A consortium of leading aerospace and fuel companies has launched ITAKA, to produce sustainable synthetic paraffinic kerosene in a ‘feedstock to wing’ supply chain.

ITAKA aims to produce biojet fuel using the feedstock camelina oil grown in Spain and the EU, with used cooking oil considered as an alternative.

($1 = €0.77)

By: Kate Wilcock
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