Sustainable Aviation Fuels Forum

The projects CORE-JetFuel, FORUM-AE and ITAKA organized the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Forum, that it took place in Madrid on 20th – 22nd October 2014. This event focused on recent progress and important steps forward in the field of sustainable fuels for aviation. It brought together stakeholders to share experiences and views, to exchange best practices, to evaluate emerging issues and to jointly elaborate recommendations towards the successful future development of sustainable aviation fuels.

ITAKA and KLM perform the longest sustainable biojet flight program

Framed on ITAKA project, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has launched the first set of a program with 20 long-haul biojet flights using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft , which will be the longest worldwide commercial flight program using sustainable aviation biofuel reported to date. Departing from Schiphol airport (The Netherlands), the aircraft will fly to Aruba and Bonaire sustainable islands in the Dutch Caribbean as part of an agenda of activities focused on sustainability.

The fuel to be used in the first flights consists of a 20% blend of Used Cooking Oil-based (UCO) renewable jet fuel supplied by ITAKA partner SkyNRG and standard fossil kerosene. This blend is fully ASTM D1655 compliant and, therefore, suitable for commercial flight operations. Progressively, the biofuel production for the next set of flights programmed within the project is foreseen to come from an energy crop, Camelina sativa, which is being currently grown and processed for this purpose.

Camelina cultivation

In the end of June 2014, the Spanish leader in Camelina sativa cultivation for biofuel purpose, Camelina Company Espana (CCE), has been involved in a technology's know-how transfer towards the Romanian farmers. The meeting has been organized by CBM Biotehgen and UASMV Bucharest and nine farmers from different geographical regions have honored the invitation. During the meeting, the CCE ITAKA representative has presented the Camelina cultivation technology specific to the arid regions as found in Spain.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 308807