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Brazil World Cup team flies high on sustainable jet fuel

By Renewable Jet Fuels June 25, 2014
By Will Nichols Published June 19, 2014 www.GreenBiz.com Brazil is off to a flying start at the World Cup fueled by Neymar, Oscar and used cooking oil. GOL Airlines, which is transporting the Seleção, is using Honeywell Green Jet Fuel made from inedible corn oil and used cooking oil blended with 50 percent petroleum-based jet fuel to power 200 commercial flights during the competition, including those carrying the national team to games across Brazil. UOP LLC, the Honeywell-owned company that developed the process behind the fuel, has supplied nearly 92,000 liters to GOL and says it ...
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Oil Price Volatility Hits European Airlines

By Renewable Jet Fuels June 25, 2014
The Financial Times European airline shares have fallen sharply as growing violence in Iraq marks the end of an unprecedented period of low volatility in oil prices. Brent crude hit a nine-month high of $115 a barrel on Thursday and has risen more than 5 per cent since militants entered the Iraqi towns of Mosul and Tikrit on June 10. Although jet fuel prices have not risen as much, airline shares have responded by falling sharply. ...
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Purdue, Navy partner to advance Navy and Marine Corps use of alternative energy

By Renewable Jet Fuels May 19, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The U.S. Department of the Navy and Purdue University signed a statement of cooperation Thursday (May 8), agreeing to work together to convert up to half of the Navy and Marine Corps' energy consumption to alternative sources, including biofuels, by 2020. Purdue President Mitch Daniels and U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus signed the agreement during a ceremony in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. ...
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Alaska Air Group Announces Aggressive 2020 Sustainability Goals

By Renewable Jet Fuels April 3, 2014
SEATTLE, April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air announced aggressive 2020 sustainability goals today, pledging to decrease fuel consumption by 20 percent (gallons flying one passenger one mile), use a sustainable aviation biofuel at one or more airports and increase its recruitment of military veterans. These are among a series of goals and accomplishments highlighted in Alaska Air Group's newly released 2013 Sustainability Report, which summarizes the company's progress on environmental, social and economic goals. ...
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Cool Planet as it Breaks Ground on Commercial-Scale Advanced Biofuels Plant

By Renewable Jet Fuels March 6, 2014
By: Jim Lane February 27, 2014 In Louisiana, Cool Planet Energy Systems broke ground on the company’s first commercial facility in Alexandria, Louisiana, dubbed Project Genesis. Permits have been received to begin earthwork and grading, with construction to immediately follow. The facility is designed to produce 10 million gallons per year of high-octane, renewable gasoline blendstocks, as well as biochar, all made from sustainable wood residues. The facility will be located at the Port of Alexandria, on the Red River Waterway in Central Louisiana. ...
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Global Air Transport Continues to Expand

By Renewable Jet Fuels March 6, 2014
BY MICHAEL RENNER | DECEMBER 17, 2013 In 2012, the number of people traveling on airplanes reached 2,957 million, which was 4.7 percent more than the previous year. Although this figure includes a substantial number of people who travel multiple times during the year, it is equivalent to 42 percent of the world’s population. The number of passengers is up 95-fold from 31 million in 1950, when flying was a luxury few could afford, and it is triple the 960 million passengers in 1986, when air travel was already quite common. ...
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Air Industry Mulls Jet Fuel Hedging Options

By Renewable Jet Fuels January 22, 2014
Jan 20 (Reuters) Taking out complex call options or even buying a refinery are some of the measures airlines should consider as they try to combat volatile oil prices, air finance industry experts said. Jet fuel can account for anywhere from between 20 and 50 percent of an airline's operating costs, and predicting oil prices is a headache. "No one knows where oil prices will be in six months, let alone 10 years away," James Dempsey, Ryanair group treasurer, told a conference hosted by Airline Economics on Monday. "Oil prices are one of the biggest risk factors in the business." ...
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New, Simple Technique May Drive Down Biofuel Production Costs

By Renewable Jet Fuels January 20, 2014
Matt Shipman, Ezinne Achinivu Release Date: 01.07.14 Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a simple, effective and relatively inexpensive technique for removing lignin from the plant material used to make biofuels, which may drive down the cost of biofuel production. Lignin, nature’s way of protecting plant cell walls, is difficult to break down or remove from plant materials called “biomass,” such as the non-edible parts of the corn plant. ...
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