PIT Partners with SkyClean to Produce SAF Right on Site
06.07.2024 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

June 07, 2024 [International Airport Review]- Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and SkyClean US Energy Inc. have taken a significant step in lowering carbon emissions for the global aviation industry with SAF production.

 

SkyClean is currently in the process of signing a land lease agreement, in order to build a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) production facility at the airport. Once complete, PIT will be the first major airport in the US to have SAF production on-site.

When compared to the largest SAF production facilities currently in the US, the proposed facility would be among the largest, capable of producing 25 million gallons of unblended SAF annually, with future production up to 75 million gallons – enough to supply all the fuelling needs at PIT and other airports in the Midwest and Northeast.

SkyClean would construct and own the production facility at a location within PIT’s 8800 acres. PIT is one of a few airports in the world that already has access to on-site natural gas, which would be an important component in the SAF production process in addition to ethanol.

One of SkyClean’s partners in the technology is Swedish Biofuels AB, a company on the cutting edge of researching and developing sustainable aviation fuels that are already ASTM International certified and approved. SkyClean is pleased to work with Swedish Biofuels and their exclusive global technology alliance partner, KBR.

KBR’s Pure SAF technology is an innovative, advanced process that produces a fully fungible jet fuel from a variety of feedstocks at low-cost and at industrial scale. In addition to processing ethanol, PureSAF can also convert mixed alcohols, carbon dioxide and synthesis gas to SAF, opening pathways to utilise captured carbon for a cleaner future.

The announcement comes at a time when the aviation industry is increasingly looking to SAF to achieve carbon reduction standards.

“The aviation industry must earn its right to grow, and SAF is of the utmost priority. We at PIT are all in. Pittsburgh is once again leading the way on energy toward a more sustainable future,” said Pittsburgh International Airport CEO Christina Cassotis. “With its storied history of innovation, reinvention and creativity, particularly for the environment and energy, the world can once again look to Pittsburgh as a trailblazer as we develop this vital resource for our industry.”

SkyClean’s SAF utilising Swedish Biofuels technology is known as an Alcohol-to-Jet pathway, or ATJ, resulting in at least a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions over the traditional fossil jet fuel used today. Alcohol-to-Jet is certified by the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA).

 

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