Plain sailing and wheels up for advanced biofuels in Europe?
Advanced biofuels for Europe are key to reducing emissions in the national transport sectors. There have been commercial breakthroughs in fuels and technologies, business model have been changed and new policy measures have been adopted not least by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and International Air Transport Association (IATA). So, is it plain sailing and wheels up for the maritime and aviation transportation sectors?
Well, yes and no – it is one of the issues to be addressed during the Swedish Bioenergy Association (Svebio) 5th Advanced Biofuels Conference that will take place on September 17-19, 2019, in Stockholm, Sweden – check out which companies will be attending.
The event aims to provide insights on renewable transportation fuels, novel technologies and what is going on in biofuels policy, new production and feedstock sources. While land-based transportation has the widest choice of fuel options and powertrain combinations, marine and in particular aviation have more limited options to energy-dense liquid fuels.
Shipping majors such as A.P Møller – Maersk and CMA CGM have begun trialing marine biofuels in earnest while almost every major airline has had a biojet fuel flight trial by now. Indeed it seems that the private aviation sector may be taking the lead in terms of fuel replacement.
On the other hand, both shipping and aviation have comparatively few but large-centralised distribution and refuelling infrastructures and would need large-scale biofuel production to match – the “Altalto Immingham” project in the UK is one illustrative example of the latter whereas Anna Soltorp, Head of Sustainability at Braathens Regional Airlines (BRA) will discuss industrial scale-up for commercialisation of the Piteå biojet project in northern Sweden.