Country

USA

Date

15/04/2013

Entity

USDA

Product

Biofuels

Category

Deployment

Summary

USDA renews the “Farm-to-Fly” agreement to promote renewable fuels in aviation

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood the extension for five years of its agreement to work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other partners to help develop a viable biofuel for the aviation industry.
 
The new agreement, which includes partners from the commercial aviation sector, follows the initial 2010-2012 "Farm to Fly" initiative and aims at supporting the target of producing 1 billion gallons of drop in aviation biofuel by 2018 (about 5% of US airlines consumption). It focuses on future goals - such as designating personnel, evaluating current and potential feedstock types and systems, developing multiple feedstock supply chains, developing state and local public-private teams, communicating results, and issuing periodic reports.
 
Through its Regional Research Centers, USDA is funding six regional integrated agricultural projects targeting enhanced rural prosperity and National energy security through the development of regional systems for the sustainable production of advanced biofuels and biobased products. Three of the projects have a focus on the production of aviation fuel:
  • System for Advanced Hardwood Biofuels in the Pacific Northwest (AHB-PNW) led by the University of Washington,
  • Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) led by Washington State University (convertion of waste from logging and thinning operations into butanol, renewable aviation fuel, and other industrial chemicals);
  • Southeast Partnership for Integrated Biomass Supply Systems (IBSS) led by the University of Tennessee (switchgrass and woody biomass to produce butanol and aviation fuel).

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