Like 2018, the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) 2019 will be a landmark in business aviation’s commitment to the use of biofuels.
We were there !
And we were delighted to see these 21 planes transported to the show by alternative fuel (“SAJF”, such as “Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel”)
From the ultra long-haul diesel twin-engine, Praetor 600 and Falcon 900LX, to name but the most admired, all had alternative fuel in their tanks.
But what exactly is this “biofuel”?
To make the SAJF, the biofuel molecules are mixed with jet A based on kerosene, in a ratio of up to 50/50. Biofuel is refined from a variety of renewable raw materials, such as used cooking oil and agricultural waste.
Unlike fossil fuel, the SAJF biofuel does not contain impurities. It is therefore a cleaner fuel, producing less sulfur dioxide, fewer particulates and, more importantly, significantly less greenhouse gas emissions. The CO2 emissions from these biofuels are recycled into the raw materials, natural and renewable, which compose them.
From a performance point of view, no difference: as with a conventional fuel, your engines can use all their power, with the biofuel.
All current aircraft engines are compatible with this biofuel.
Where are we now?
While waiting for significant advances in the optimization of trajectories and the emergence of more electric aircraft and hybrid propulsion, consuming 15 to 20% less than the previous generation of aircraft, the use of biofuels remains the best way to achieve the objectives set by the aviation industry: halve carbon emissions by 2050 compared to 2005.
We are looking forward to the next step, namely the establishment of an industrial production system. It will ensure the distribution of alternative fuels on a global scale and at a competitive price compared to that of kerosene. Indeed the biofuel is still very expensive, with a production cost five to six times higher than that of kerosene.
And it’s progressing!
In collaboration with KLM, SkyNRG, the world leader in sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), will develop the first European plant dedicated to this production. The facility will be specialized in the production of SAF, bioLPG and naphtha, primarily using raw material from regional waste and waste streams.
“I am proud of our collaboration with SkyNRG and SHV Energy to launch a project to develop the first European production facility for sustainable aviation fuel,” said Pieter Elbers, CEO of KLM. The advent of aviation “has had a major impact on the world, offering a new way to bring people together. This privilege goes hand in hand with a huge responsibility towards our planet. ”
And at Menkor ? We completely agree !
Passionate about high-tech, we are so much through significant advances in eco-responsibility, especially in business aviation. This is why we use this “organic” fuel at the request of our customers and we suggest it at the slightest opportunity.
We will do the update after the EBACE 2020!
By then, good bio-flights!