The potential for sustainable alternative fuels for aviation is well documented and progress in recent years has been impressive. As we build towards regular flights powered by biofuel, one airport is at the forefront of biofuel investment.
Oslo Airport, operated by Avinor, is set to become the first hub in the world to receive regular deliveries of biojet fuel. From 2015, the SkyNRG partnership with Air BP will provide 2.5 million litres of biofuel to the airport.
What’s more, Oslo intends to be the first to integrate the biojet fuel into the airport’s hydrant system, previously one of the main obstacles to increased uptake of biofuel powered flights. This will allow aircraft to refuel in the usual way, without the need for specialised fuel trucks travelling from one aircraft to another.
Lufthansa Group, KLM and SAS serving Oslo are the first to participate in the initiative, but the programme is open to all airlines.
Initially, the fuel will be made from camelina or used cooking oil, but Avinor’s long-term goal is to set up a supply chain based on Norwegian forest residues, which are produced in abundance as a by-product of the forestry industry. Two producers are already lined up to develop this fuel and, when taken together, they are forecast to produce enough biojet fuel to reduce emissions from Norwegian aviation by 10-15%.
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam is also moving towards creating a ‘bioport’. Having signed an agreement with SkyNRG and home carrier, KLM, Schiphol hopes to have the scheme, which will use biofuel made from used cooking oil, up and running by 2017.
Brisbane Airport has also engaged with SkyNRG and Virgin Australia to develop a bioport. Research on appropriate feedstocks is underway and hopes are high that Brisbane will have the first bioport in the Asia-Pacific region.
*Update - Regular flights from Oslo Airport are now being made using sustainable alternative fuel.