This project is joint research with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Washington State University, Penn State University, Purdue University, the University of Illinois, University of Tennessee, University of Hawaii, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and the Volpe Transportation Center. Researchers are evaluating regional supply chains in the United States that could be used for alternative jet fuel production including feedstock production, transportation, and fuel conversion. Researchers are evaluating fuel production pathways, feedstock and infrastructure requirements, and commercial fuel demand to create scenarios for future production. In addition, they are identifying potential intermediate materials and co-products for each pathway to understand potential ways to aid in making biorefineries more economical.
Researchers are approaching sustainable jet fuel production holistically, considering technological, environmental, economic, and social elements. The project aims to use these analyses to identify key barriers throughout the alternative jet fuel supply chain in the US that must be overcome to produce and effectively market 1 billion gallons of alternative jet fuel in the near term and 10 billion gallons in the longer term.
This project is also supporting the efforts of the Alternative Fuel Task Force (AFTF) within the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP) in evaluating the potential of alternative jet fuels to help meet aviation environmental goals and to assess the life cycle CO2 emissions from the use of these fuels. Hasselt University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Purdue University are lead institution of this ICAO research. Hasselt University is also leading research on assessing supply-chains, and economic and environmental performance of pathways that converts municipal solid waste into jet fuel.
Funding for this project is provided by the US Federal Aviation Administration.
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