UK industry network seeks interested parties for potential sustainable aviation fuels collaboration with the USA
Thu 10 May 2018 – UK businesses are being approached to take part in a joint mission to the United States later in the year to seek opportunities for collaboration in the development of sustainable aviation fuels. The mission is being coordinated by the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Special Interest Group (SAF SIG), an initiative of the UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) that was set up last year with the support of government and industry to accelerate the domestic production of SAF. Working with the Science and Innovation Network in the US, KTN will facilitate meetings with officials from the ASCENT alternative jet fuels programme and the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative (CAAFI). The mission also incorporates attendance at CAAFI’s biennial general meeting in early December.
Companies interested in participating in the mission are being promised the opportunity to promote their business and explore new markets, as well as discuss collaboration on projects. They are also expected to gain an understanding of aviation fuel specifications and the approval process, industry challenges and sustainability requirements for alternative aviation fuels.
“‘Mission to the USA’ offers UK businesses a unique opportunity to participate in strategic discussions with aviation fuel experts and create new markets in the US,” said Michelle Carter, KTN’s Manager for Aerospace and Aviation, and SAF SIG lead. “We want companies to return to the UK not only with a greater understanding of the challenges, opportunities and processes to producing sustainable aviation fuel, but also having secured business.”
The deadline for expressions of interest is May 31 and SAF SIG says the mission will only progress if there is interest from a minimum of five companies.