Plans to Develop New Energy Parks for SAF Production
04.02.2024 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

April 02, 2024 [Biofuels International]- Simply Blue Group is developing onshore renewable energy parks to power facilities capable of producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

 

The projects, in Canada, Ireland and Australia will process more than 1.5 million tonnes of sustainable biomass annually to produce over 300,000 tonnes of SAF each year.

Simply Blue Group’s sustainable fuels will be produced in onshore Renewable Energy Parks (REPs) focusing on renewable liquid fuels for aviation, marine vessels and chemical feedstocks.

These REPs will be able to produce a range of sustainable fuels but will focus on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and methanol, with future phases expected to include green ammonia.

Michael Galvin, director of hydrogen and sustainable fuels of Simply Blue Group, said: “We recognised the sustainable fuels market opportunity a couple of years ago and were able to make the connection that others couldn’t, by integrating large scale power generation with biomass conversion to produce sustainable fuel. We have been busy building an exceptional development team and assembling strategic sites of land and biomass feedstock.”

Hugh Kelly, co-founder and CEO of Simply Blue Group, added: “Simply Blue Group established itself in 2011 as a blue economy project developer and our mission was to work with the oceans to help address the climate and food crisis.

“Our focus at the time was on the marine environment but we realised that the oceans and the land must sometimes work together to achieve a common goal.

“Therefore, it was logical for us to move onshore to develop renewable energy parks. In terms of project development, we are deploying the same skillsets we apply to all our business pillars; identifying opportunities and initiating and derisking early-stage projects. In Simply Blue Group, we have a hugely committed team of technical experts and visionaries who are helping us do just that.”

As the EU moves forward with its escalating mandate for a minimum SAF content in all flights leaving the bloc, Simply Blue Group recognises there is a clear opportunity to develop projects and to supply SAF.

Major airlines in Europe have pledged to surpass the EU’s mandated 6% content threshold for 2030 with some aiming for 10-12.5% SAF blends in the fuel they use.

 

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