The University of Sheffield has been chosen to be the home of the UK’s first Sustainable Aviation Fuel Clearing House - part of the government’s new investment plan to help decarbonise transport.
The Energy Institute at the University of Sheffield will have a central hub to coordinate the testing and certification of new sustainable aviation fuels.
Expected to open in the summer, the Clearing House will be based across the University’s Sustainable Aviation Fuels Innovation Centre (SAF-IC) and Translational Energy Research Centre (TERC) - two world-class research facilities unlike any other in the UK where academics and industry can work together to develop new low and zero-carbon fuels and technologies.
The SAF Clearing House is a major step in enabling the UK to bring new fuels to market and help reduce carbon emissions from the aviation industry.
The investment in Sheffield - together with the two research facilities located in the University of Sheffield Innovation District on the border of Sheffield and Rotherham - is establishing South Yorkshire as the UK’s leading R&D hub for sustainable aviation fuels.
Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, head of the energy Institute at the University of Sheffield, said: "We're thrilled to be able to announce the selection of the Energy Institute at the University of Sheffield as the home of the UK SAF Clearing House. This significant and much-needed addition to the UK's decarbonisation landscape will help to reduce barriers to SAF delivery, and will take a vital step on the journey to make SAFs a viable solution for the future of aviation.
"With our world-class sustainable aviation fuels research and testing facilities at the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Innovation Centre (SAF-IC), as well as the significant amount of sustainable power to liquid capabilities at the neighbouring Translational Energy Research Centre and the expertise within the Energy Institute, we are ideally placed to drive forward the much-needed development, testing and delivery of SAF."
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