Dutch/Swedish consortium gets go ahead to continue study into SAF production

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The Swedish Energy Agency announced it will grant funds to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Södra, Växjö Energi, SkyNRG, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden and 2030-sekretariatet to continue research into Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) in the Växjö region in Småland, Sweden.
The funding will support the consortium to continue their study on an integrated Fischer-Tropsch SAF production facility using forestry residues.
The envisioned facility has the potential to be an important step forward in making aviation more sustainable.
The Swedish Energy Agency awarded the consortium a grant of 5.1 million SEK (€502,000) to fund the project.
This first-of-its-kind Fischer-Tropsch SAF production facility integrated with existing bio-based energy production has the potential to produce high quality sustainable fuels and reduce GHG emissions in the aviation sector.
The realisation of the plant could serve as a proof of concept for many future plants.
By 2026, the plant could be operational with a production volume of 16 kilo tonnes SAF annually.
The consortium, which represents the whole value chain of the production, joins forces in order to increase the availability of SAF in Sweden and North Europe.
Karel Bockstael, VP Sustainability at KLM, said: “To be able to become more sustainable in the future, KLM is focusing on scaling up production and use of SAF. For more SAF, we must focus on all technologies side by side and encourage the initial upscaling of production facilities. The application we support in Sweden is an important next step in the development.”
Maarten van Dijk, managing director of SkyNRG, pioneer in SAF with the industry’s biggest dedicated SAF team, added: “As one of the global market leaders in Sustainable Aviation Fuel we are active partners in a multitude of projects, focused on scaling different feedstock/technology pathways. The potential to use forestry residues for higher value end-uses, like SAF, is there.”