Work begins on new European alcohol-to-jet production plant

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A consortium led by SkyNRG has begun work on a new European alcohol-to-jet facility (AtJ).
The FLITE consortium, with LanzaTech as the technology provider, is building the facility that will convert waste-based ethanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at a scale of over 30,000 tonnes/yr.
The project received €20 million in grant funding from the EU H2020 programme and is a major milestone on the path to net-zero emissions target for the aviation industry.
The pre-commercial AtJ production plant will pave the way to implementing SAF production across Europe and around the globe, producing commercially relevant quantities of SAF to support future aviation’s climate targets.
The consortium consists of leaders from their respective industries.
SkyNRG, a global market leader for SAF solutions, is acting as the project coordinator and managing downstream supply chain development while carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, will be responsible for plant design, construction and operations using the LanzaJet AtJ technology.
Maarten van Dijk, managing director SkyNRG, said: “With the increasing demand for SAF in the future, there is a need to diversify SAF technologies and feedstock. This first of its kind alcohol-to jet production in Europe will be an important step in the direction of making sustainable aviation fuel more accessible and scalable, supporting net zero emission ambitions for the aviation industry. SkyNRG is excited to be a part of the FLITE project.”
Jennifer Holmgren, from LanzaTech, added: “Bending the carbon curve requires collaboration and strong partnerships, something the FLITE consortium exemplifies.
“We look forward to implementing LanzaJet AtJ technology in Europe. This is an important enabler to expanding production of sustainable aviation fuel and creating a path to a lower carbon future. We are grateful for the Horizon 2020 funding which has made this project possible.”
The AtJ facility will be fully operational in 2024, producing SAF using waste-based ethanol sourced from multiple European producers.