The study aims to evaluate the feasibility of creating sustainable aviation fuel from industrial and municipal waste, including middle and low-grade plastic waste

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The study aims to evaluate the feasibility of the entire supply chain relating to the production of SAF. (Credit: Pixabay/RitaE)

Japan Airlines, Marubeni, JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, and JGC Japan have collaborated to jointly conduct a feasibility study on production of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for the aviation sector in Japan.

The study aims to evaluate the feasibility of the entire supply chain relating to the production of SAF from industrial and municipal waste, including middle and low-grade plastic waste using Fulcrum BioEnergy’s process and technology.

Memorandum of understanding signed with Taisei and Takeei

Recently, JAL, Marubeni, JXTG and JGC have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Taisei and Takeei.

Marubeni said that each of the participating company will leverage its respective expertise to study the collection and processing systems of waste, the technological aspects of SAF production, logistics of end-products, and the CO2 effect by Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

The results from the study, which is scheduled from February to December 2020, will be used to install demonstration equipment and conduct tests in the early 2020s.

The parties also plan to commence the construction of commercial equipment around 2025.

Marubeni said in a statement: “By promoting the development and spread of SAF, all parties will together contribute to the establishment of concrete solutions to societal concerns such as decreasing CO2 emissions from aviation fuel and plastic waste treatment, thus contributing to a more sustainable future.”

In 2018, Fulcrum BioEnergy announced the start of construction of the phase 2 of its new waste-to-fuel plant in McCarran, Nevada.

Located in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center, about 32km east of Reno, Sierra plant was planned to use Fulcrum’s thermochemical process to convert household garbage into low-carbon transportation fuels.