KLM announces first European plant for sustainable air fuel
- Jun 05, 2019
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Dutch airline KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced Friday that it has committed to developing and purchasing 75,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel for a period of 10 years. "KLM is the first airline in the world to invest in sustainable aviation fuel on this scale. SkyNRG, the global leader in sustainable aeronautical fuel (SAF), will develop Europe's first dedicated factory to produce SAF in Delfzijl, the Netherlands, "the companies announced in a statement.
In practice, they explained, the new production unit will specialize in the production of SAF, bio LPG (bio-liquified petroleum gas) and naphtha, using mainly regional wastes and waste streams as raw material. The factory will be the first of its kind in the world, they say. Its construction is due to open in 2022. From that year, the new plant will produce 100,000 tons of SAF annually, as well as 15,000 tons of bioGPL as a by-product. This means a reduction of 270,000 tonnes of CO2 per year for the aviation industry.
"Sustainable aviation fuel is a necessary short-term option that the commercial aviation industry has to reduce its CO2 emissions in the short-term as well as fleet renewal and operational efficiency gains. However, there is not enough sustainable kerosene to be produced today. The new production unit is a SkyNRG project, called DSL-01, and will be dedicated to the production of sustainable aeronautical fuel, "the statement said.
Companies involved in the project stress that the raw materials used in production will include waste and waste streams, such as used cooking oil, which comes predominantly from regional industries. The unit will run on sustainable hydrogen, produced using water and wind power. "Thanks to these choices, this sustainable aviation fuel offers a CO2 reduction of at least 85% compared to a fossil fuel. The use of SAF will further contribute to the significant reduction of ultrafine particles and sulfur emissions. "
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is also investing in the development of this unit.
"From 2022, the unit will produce 100,000 tons per year, of which KLM will buy 75,000 tons. This will reduce our CO2 emissions by 200,000 tonnes / year, which is equivalent to the emissions released per thousand KLM flights between Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro, "said Pieter Elbers, President and CEO of KLM.
"As pioneers in the field of bio-LPG, we are pleased that this project adds 15,000 tons of bio-LPG to our annual supply. This is equivalent to more than 35,000 tonnes of CO2 reduction, "concluded Bram Gräber, CEO of SHV Energy, ensuring that" there will be absolutely no use of food crops in production, such as soybean oil and palm oil. "