TotalEnergies, Masdar Demonstrate Methanol-to-SAF Pathway
12.12.2023 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

December 12, 2023 [Biomass Magazine]- The first test flight to demonstrate the potential for converting methanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) has taken place in Dubai on the sidelines of COP28 in the UAE. Masdar, TotalEnergies, the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority, Airbus, Falcon Aviation Services and technology licensor Axens all contributed to the successful flight.

 

The alcohol-to-jet synthetic paraffinic derosene pathway (ATJ-SPK) has been certified in 2016 as meeting international standards for jet fuel, however Methanol is not in the list of specified alcohols. The flight, which used a blend of aviation fuel made from olefins, will help support the certification of this new pathway for SAF production from methanol.

With the potential to be derived from renewable electricity, the new pathway could lead to eSAF, an essential lever to meet the challenge of producing SAF worldwide to decarbonize aviation.

 

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