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Modeling the Availability of Jet Fuel from Biomass

Modeling the availability of woody biomass (organic matter
from trees and plants) in heavily forested areas was the focus of a recent
project conducted by the U.S. Forest Service and the Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory (PNNL), one of the national laboratories of the U.S.
Department of Energy. 

A joint team set out to build a software model to show the
economics behind harvesting woody biomass as an energy source, and how
harvesting could create benefits to boost forest restoration and reduce the
risk of wildfire. The study focused on biomass from commercial thinning and
timber harvesting and evaluated the delivered costs of biomass from restoration
activities, factoring in data from nearby markets, processing, and
transportation costs. 

Initial results from the team’s research, based on a
specific geographical area, showed that nearly 1.5 million tons of economically
viable biomass were available for bioenergy use. This included delivery of
about 395,000 tons of wood chips at or below $60/ton and another million tons
generated from mill residue.

The team’s research further validates everything that NWABF
has been pursuing in the past years. Creating jet fuel from biomass is a viable
proposition for the future. This was confirmed in the 2013 NARA (Northwest
Advanced Renewables Alliance) study, released by the Department of Agriculture.
The three-year, $40 million study explored the availability, the costs,
benefits, and logistics of using forest residuals and mill residues as a source
of SAF. It confirmed that more than 10 million tons of woody biomass is
available to create jet fuel from biomass. 

This is encouraging news, as Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels
takes woody biomass, gasifies it and through a sophisticated proven technical
process, converts it to Premium Renewable Sustainable Aviation Fuel from the
conversion of slash, forest residues, and mill residues in forests. Having a
better understanding of the availability of woody plant biomass available to convert
jet fuel from biomass will help NWABF with its long-term operational
forecasts. 

To learn more about the NWABF Project, converting woody
biomass to sustainable aviation fuel process, please contact us at info@nwabf.com.
You can also get more information on woody biomass, sustainable aviation fuel
and much more on our Biofuel FAQs page.

Biofuel Jet Fuel and SAF News Roundup

There is solid momentum happening behind
the scenes for Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC, as we move ever closer to the
construction of a facility to produce and supply Delta Air Lines with 60+
million gallons of biofuel jet fuel annually.

As we continue to forge new partnerships with
world-class engineering firms to fill the role of Owner’s Engineer, Project
Manager, and eventually Construction Manager, the SAF and biofuels world
continues to grow. Here are a few recent news stories that are indicative of
the future growth we will all see in this sector.

Agriculture
& Biofuels Industry Group Pushes for SAF Tax Credit

A group of biofuel and agriculture industry
associations teamed up recently to send a letter to the U.S. Senate members to
outline their recommendations for the SAF tax credit.

The undersigned groups are:

  • American Farm
    Bureau Federation

  • Growth Energy

  • National
    Biodiesel Board

  • National Corn
    Growers Association

  • National Farmers
    Union

  • Renewable Fuels
    Association

The letter comes at a time when the U.S. Senate and
House of Representatives are considering legislation to establish a tax credit
to promote and develop sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) this year.

New
Partnerships in SAF

The SAF biofuel jet fuel industry has notched
another high-profile partnership, helping its credibility to grow. In late
July, Boeing, SkyNRG, and SkyNRG Americas announced a partnership to help grow
the use and availability of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) globally. Boeing
will also invest in SkyNRG Americas’ SAF production project.

White House targeting 2050 for all jet
fuel to be from renewable sources

The White House administration is said to be
targeting 2050 as the year for all U.S. airlines to fly on 100% jet fuel from
renewable sources. To do this, CNBC reports that

“The Biden
administration is contemplating incentives to support private-sector production
of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) as it searches for ways to eliminate
greenhouse gas emissions in the hard-to-electrify aviation industry.”

The article continues to note that “Global
demand for jet fuel currently totals roughly 200 billion liters a year, but
airline trade group IATA estimates just 100 million to 120 million liters of
SAF will be produced in 2021 – just 0.05% of overall fuel.”

COVID
19 Impact on Biodiesel Demand

A new market research study predicts that
the global biodiesel market could hit $50.1 billion by 2027. This is despite
the devastating COVID-19 pandemic has had on our economy in the past 18 months.

The report notes that manufacturing activities and
logistic operations have seen a dip in the biodiesel market due to COVID.
However, once the pandemic subsides and the economy recovers, demand for
biodiesel products is expected to stabilize.

These are some of the biofuel jet fuel stories
that caught our eye in recent weeks. Learn more about the NWABF SAF
Project, which when completed, will produce and supply 60+ million gallons of biofuel
jet fuel annually for Delta Air
Lines. We are a committed team that’s excited for the future of sustainable
aviation fuel.

The need for renewable biofuel jet fuel
sources for airlines certainly won’t be resolved in the near future, but a
project like Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels LLC is developing will certainly go a
long way to meet that need for the airline industry now and well into the
future.

To learn more about Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC
on our website.

Bio Jet Fuel Initiative Under Development for Major Airline

The next step in the race to find renewable energy sources
to power our global economy is sustainable aviation fuel, and one company has
taken a big first leap toward that goal: Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC
(NWABF). In a recently announced $2 million partnership with a major airline,
NWABF is currently working on Phase 1 of a feasibility study to create that bio jet fuel from wood residue deposits and wood slash on forest floors known as
woody biomass.

Providing Solutions for Air Lines with West Coast Operations

With the Phase 1 “Advanced Planning Study” of a bio jet fuel production facility underway, NWABF is already planning for a Phase 2 Front-end
Engineering and Design Study that will allow the Project’s world-class
Engineering and Construction Partner to design and construct the renewable bio jet fuel facility in Washington State. First deliveries are planned for the end
of 2023 for use of the renewable jet fuel in this airline’s operations up and
down the West Coast.

This single project will help with the goal of reducing this
airline’s carbon footprint and positively impact the environment by reducing
wood residuals in forests that cause fire hazards and prevent the growth of
future trees.

A Growing Trend

Airlines today are interested in sustainable aviation
fuels.  Beginning in 2021, airlines will
be required to track their carbon footprints on international flights in
advance of meeting certain obligations of a global mandate. Failure to achieve
reductions in airline carbon emissions through the use of renewable fuels may
result in fines and penalties from a multitude of countries.

Dave Smoot, Head of Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC said,
“All of the woody biomass we utilize in our operations will be traceable,
creating the pathways of a qualified renewal feedstock.  With qualified feedstock, supported by a
recently completed $40 million 5-year study from NARA (Northwest Advanced
Renewables Alliance), the Project can meet the Federal Government’s sustainable
aviation fuel standards and ASTM’s International fuel standards.  This will enable airlines flying
internationally to meet new carbon reduction standards worldwide.”

The need for renewable fuel sources for airlines certainly
won’t be resolved in the near future, but a project like Northwest Advanced
Bio-Fuels LLC is developing will certainly go a long way to meet that need for
the airline industry now and well into the future.

To learn more about Northwest Advanced Bio-Fuels, LLC visit
our website today.