Airbus inks US sustainable aviation fuels MoU with Fischer-Tropsch specialist Emerging Fuels
An Air Canada Airbus A319 takes on a sustainable aviation biofuel blend
Tue 16 Dec 2014 – The US-based operation of Airbus Group has signed a memorandum of understanding with Fischer-Tropsch (F-T) specialist Emerging Fuels Technology (EFT) in efforts to commercialise technologies to produce sustainable fuels for aviation. EFT has developed a proprietary Advanced Fixed Bed F-T reactor and catalyst system that can convert synthesis gas from, it claims, virtually any carbonaceous feedstock into transportation fuels such as renewable diesel and sustainable jet fuel. The company recently signed a cooperation agreement with global energy infrastructure engineering, procurement and construction company Black & Veatch (B&V) that grants B&V exclusivity in representing EFT technologies in select markets and applications.
EFT says it is focused on the development and implementation of methods for producing synthetic fuels and specialty products from a variety of feedstocks such as natural gas, biomass, municipal solid waste, coal and bio-derived fuels. It provides complete process design packages and licenses its core technologies needed to implement them.
“We look forward to interacting with all the stakeholders in the aviation supply chain and believe our relationships with Airbus Group and Black & Veatch will help enable broad global development of sustainable/renewable aviation fuel facilities,” commented Kenneth Agee, President of Oklahoma-based EFT.
Added Allan McArtor, Chairman of Airbus Group Inc: “Our belief is that with support from regional governments, a significant percentage of all aviation fuel could come from sustainable sources by 2030 if we can establish adequate supply sources to produce commercial quantities of sustainable aviation fuel.”