11 projects in Sweden has been granted funding by the Swedish Energy Agency to develop and increase use of sustainable biofuels for airplanes.
“The change to fossil-free fuels for air is a major challenge, where research and innovation are one of several puzzles to move forward,” says Jonas Lindmark, managing director at the Energy Agency.
“We hope that the projects we have granted support provide interesting results that can be used as the basis for production of biofuels for airplanes in Sweden,” he says.
We want to show that this concept works in practice, and not just on paper
One of the preliminary studies, is conducted by the Luleå University of Technology. The partners in the project covers the entire value chain, with SAS and BRA airlines, Dutch SkyNRG, RISE, German Ineratec and Schmidtsche Schack, Smurfit Kappa Piteå, Sveaskog, Fly Green Fund, and Svebio.
Swedavia, owner of airports in Sweden and KLM has written support letters and will follow the progress of the project. The Swedish Energy Agency writes in the granted application that the project has the potential to contribute to the development and increase use of sustainable biofuels for airplanes in Sweden
“The aim of the entire project is to provide a technical and economic validation of the concept; to fly commercially on bio jet fuel on Swedish forest–based residues. The result of the study will clarify the prerequisites for a demonstration of the full value chain from forest-based raw materials to aviation bio jet fuel, and can be seen as a pre-emptive step towards the actual use of biofuels in commercial airplanes in Sweden,” Fredrik Granberg says, project manager and researcher in Energy Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.
See a list of all the 11 projects (in Swedish).
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