Science, technology and engineering solutions provider KBR announced an alliance with sustainable transport fuels developer Swedish Biofuels for the launch of Sustainable Aviation Fuel technology produced from materials including carbon dioxide.

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is seen as one of the key tools to help decarbonize the aviation industry, which currently accounts for 2-3% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. SAF is generally produced from sustainable resources, like waste oils and agricultural residues.

KBR said that the technology, developed by Swedish Biofuels, and validated in conjunction with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), can process ethanol, as well as converting carbon dioxide and synthesis gas to SAF. The company stated that the technology will provide a differentiated SAF offering, extending its decarbonization and energy transition portfolio into the aviation sector.

Doug Kelly, KBR President, Technology, said:

“We are thrilled to help the aviation sector in implementing solutions to advance their sustainability objectives. Swedish Biofuels, the developer of the technology, has an unparalleled history of research and innovation in SAF and we are confident this technology will emerge as the leading SAF solution for our clients.”

According to Dr Angelica Hull, Managing Director of Swedish Biofuels, a key benefit of the technology is its ability to produce “ready-to-use real jet fuel as opposed to a blend component.” Typically, airlines are currently permitted to only use a maximum of 50% SAF on flights.

Hull added:

“Our technology for producing sustainable aviation fuels will be instrumental in lowering CO2 emissions from the aviation sector and meeting net zero emission targets by 2030 and beyond.”

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