Centre Director involved in landmark report by Qantas and Shell on aviation biofuels.

December 17, 2013

Filed under: News — dmathew @ 12:19 pm

The aviation biofuels study was commissioned by Qantas in 2012/13 to review the commercial feasibility and long-term viability of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), using certified refining technology and infrastructure in Australia.

Qantas formed a joint study team with The Shell Company of Australia Limited (Shell) and study partners, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM), AltAir, the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Plant Cell Walls at the University of Adelaide, and SkyNRG.  Centre Director Geoff Fincher coordinated contributions from Dr Meera Verma (Headland Vision) and Associate Professor Wendy Umberger, Kerry Bormann and Anna Finizio (University of Adelaide).

The preference of the study was to maximise feedstock production practices that do not compete with food production practices, and to avoid feedstock sourced via unsustainable land use, consistent with the sustainability practices of the key study partners.

The full Report can be found at the Qantas “Environment” website (6.5MB pdf) and further information on ARC CoE PCW biofuel research is available from our “Biofuel from Plants” page.