Meeting the demand for clean energy
Biofuels will be essential in our energy shift – especially in challenging areas, like jet fuel decarbonisation.
With the United States alone consuming more than 20 billion gallons of jet fuel annually, biofuels must undergo unprecedented growth in the upcoming decades. Before 2010, the biofuels landscape was dominated by corn ethanol and food crop-based biodiesel.
These fuels dominated the industry because of their straightforward production and access to consistent feedstocks. Tax incentives also played a pivotal role in their growth.
However, these biofuels have significant drawbacks. They require a parallel infrastructure. Their blending capabilities are limited to around 10%.
They could only offset a fraction (10-50%) of the carbon content found in fossil fuels, resulting in higher Carbon Intensity (CI) scores.
Equally problematic, using food crops creates competition between food and fuel, disproportionately affecting the world’s poorest consumers through increased food prices.