Aviation accounts for over 13% of Europe’s transport CO2 emissions. The emissions are expected to grow rapidly in the coming years. Hence it is essential to actively work towards decarbonisation of the aviation sector. To achieve this goal, FlexJET proposes an innovative biojet fuel, produced of food waste and waste vegetable oil.
The project is committed to produce 1,200 tonnes of ASTM (international jet fuel standard) certified biojet fuel which could be used in commercial flights. FlexJET demonstrates, at pre-commercial demo plant, the SABR-TCR technology, a new integrated process combining traditional transesterification (TRANS) and Thermo-Catalytic Reforming (TCR©). This technology uses waste vegetable oil and organic wastes (pre-conditioned food waste) as the feedstock. The process presents many advantages in terms of flexibility of scale and delocalisation at regional and local level, flexibility of feedstock, quality and reproducibility of products independent of feedstock, and competitively low costs (capital and running).
If successful, the demo plant will be upgraded after the project's end to a commercial scale facility that will be the first of a kind with production capacity of 25,000 tonnes annually of ASTM certified biojet fuel.