Biofuels- and biochemical process technology Swedish Biofuels AB and Denmark-headed international engineering company COWI A/S have entered into a partnership to bring 400 000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to the Swedish market and contribute to the national program Fossil Free Sweden.
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The partnership aims to implement proprietary Alcohol to Jet (ATJ) technology developed by Swedish Biofuels for the construction of three SAF production plants in Sweden.
The first plant will be located in Brista near Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN).
This is an extremely important project with the potential to change the whole aviation industry and its dependency on fossil fuels, said Karin Genemo, SVP, Industry at COWI.
Swedish Biofuels’ proprietary ATJ technology enables the production of neat SAF and makes a complete replacement of fossil aviation fuel possible.
Our technology entails the first-ever commercial production of fully formulated, green, and sustainable aviation fuel in the world. We believe it will be a total game-changer within the aviation industry because it will allow us to end the use of fossil fuels, said Dr Angelica Hull, CEO of Swedish Biofuels.
COWI will contribute to funding and provide its expertise in project management, planning, and construction of the plants.
We have chosen not to work with projects within fossil fuels and instead use our knowledge about fuels to work with customers as Swedish Biofuels. Within three to five years, all our revenues will come from projects related to moving customers towards a sustainable direction, said Karin Genemo.
The implementation of such technology is an important step towards a greener environment and achieving self-sufficiency goals. We will end our dependence on foreign fossil oil while simultaneously caring for the environment, said Dr Angelica Hull, CEO of Swedish Biofuels.
Construction of first biorefinery underway
The construction of the first plant, which has an annual capacity of 20 000 tonnes, is an ongoing project. It is being supported by the European Commission with the first product delivery expected in 2025.
The plant is being built on a site in Brista close to Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN). In addition to using sustainable green ethanol as feedstock, the production plant will use Swedish Biofuels’ technology to produce SAF from green off-gases and green hydrogen.
The flexibility of the plant includes the option to produce other sustainable fuels, such as renewable diesel and renewable gasoline, at product ratios driven by market demand.
The excess green heat from production will be delivered to Stockholm Exergi’s neighboring combined heat and power (CHP) plant, providing the city of Stockholm with green district heating.
Future production plants are planned in Sweden to bring a total of 400 000 tonnes of SAF to market. This corresponds to approximately 40 percent of the current annual consumption of aviation fuel at Arlanda.