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Velocys technology powers first commercial flight to use sustainable aviation fuel derived from gasi

Velocys Plc (LON:VLS) said its technology has powered the world’s first commercial flight to use sustainable aviation fuel derived from gasified wood-chips.

The UK-based sustainable fuels technology company said its proprietary technology using woody biomass residue feedstock generated the fuel used on Japan Airlines flight (JAL #515) from Tokyo to Sapporo on 17 June 2021.

The fuel was produced in a Velocys Fischer-Tropsch (FT) reactor from the hydrogen and carbon gases generated by the gasification of the wood-chips at the demonstration plant in Nagoya, Japan in 2020.  

SAF that meets the required international standard can be blended into conventional jet fuel at any ratio from a small fraction up to 50%.

“Velocys is pleased to announce the validation of SAF derived from woody biomass as evidenced by the use of 25% SAF blend in this first in the world commercial flight using wood-chips derived jet fuel,” said Velocys chief executive Henrik Wareborn.

“SAF synthesised with the Velocys FT technology from gasified forestry residue has a 70% lower Carbon Intensity than conventional fossil jet fuel. In addition, FT-SAF offers significant additional air quality improvements thanks to 90% lower particulate emissions, 99% lower sulphur emissions and lower nitrogen oxide emissions than conventional fossil fuels,” he added.

Velocys has a collaboration agreement with Toyo Engineering Corp, allowing Toyo’s commercial projects to produce SAF and other renewable fuels in Japan using Velocys micro-channel FT technology.

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