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Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Liquid fuels will be a requirement for long-haul air travel in the longer-term and a requirement for short haul whilst new technologies such as electric and electric/hybrid are developed. Aviation contributes around 2-3% to global CO2 emissions and through the UN body, ICAO, the industry is committed to carbon neutral growth from 2021.

SAFs offer a 70% reduction in life-cycle carbon and a 90% reduction in particulates making them cleaner burning than petroleum-based jet fuel. Sustainable Aviation forecast that a UK SAF industry will deliver 14 new SAF production facilities by 2035, add £2.7bn GVA to the UK economy and support 13,600 jobs across the SAF supply chain.

Any new aviation fuel must undergo significant fit-for-purpose testing with increasing cost and fuel volumes through the four-tier process. This is a significant barrier to the market uptake of lower carbon fuels for aviation. In recognition of this barrier, KTN set up a UK Clearing House Task Force comprising industry experts to create a business case for national virtual capability to support producers through the early stages of fuel testing.

At KTN we understand the importance and challenges around early technology readiness level (TRL) development of SAF as well as commercial scale-up and deployment. We work closely with industry experts and government to identify priority areas for R&D supporting acceleration of feedstock production pathways; infrastructure; blending; storage and logistics; and technical specification and certification.

Cleared for Offtake

KTN produced a detailed report considering the areas any business looking to become involved in the supply of SAF should consider. You can access the report here.

R&D priorities

KTN has produced a report looking at the R&D priorities needed to support a UK SAF industry which can be accessed here.

Our Sustainable Aviation Fuel Expert

Michelle Carter

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Funding Opportunities

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 5

UK registered academic institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £8 million to fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profits.

Opens: 06/12/2021 Closes: 02/02/2022

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Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 2: Spring 2022

Phase 2 of the IETF provides grant funding for feasibility and engineering studies, and for the deployment of industrial energy efficiency and deep decarbonisation projects. Up to £60m total funding for mining/quarrying, materials, manufacturing, and data centre companies.

Opens: 31/01/2022 Closes: 29/04/2022

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Future Flight Fridays: Nature Inspired Solutions for Future Flight

The Future Flight Challenge is a four year, £125m, Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programme. Future Flight aims to revolutionise the way people, goods and services fly. It will support the development of a novel, integrated aviation system.

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News

08.12.2021

British Airways will fly on the first UK produced sustainable aviation fuel

British Airways and Phillips 66 Limited have signed a multi-year sustainable aviation fuel supply agreement to power the equivalent of 700 net zero CO2 emission flights between London and New York on its fuel-efficient Boeing 787 aircraft, offering a saving of almost 100,000 tonnes lifecycle CO2 emissions.

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16.12.2021

Study highlights the need for a Contracts for Difference mechanism to grow a UK Sustainable Aviation Fuel industry

A study finds industry is mostly supportive of a Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism as a price stability mechanism to develop a UK sustainable aviation fuel industry alongside a mandate.

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Programmes related to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

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Growing the UK Sustainable Aviation Fuel Industry

KTN, supported and commissioned by Innovate UK, has conducted an analysis to support the growth of the UK’s sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry and support the ambitions of the Jet Zero Council. This interactive analysis offers insight into the feedstock and technology pathways being utilised, the chemical products and the scale of production (TRL), to inform your supply chain development and showcase the UK’s potential in SAF.

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