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Synkero: Futureproof Aviation
It is our mission to reduce the climate change impact of flying by developing a network of facilities that produce scalable, carbon neutral and clean synthetic SAF: starting in Amsterdam.
But how will we accomplish this? This paper highlights include answers to:
- Why Synkero and what is needed to create synthetic kerosene.
- Why we chose Amsterdam.
- How we plan to scale.
What is Synkero?
What is the goal of Synkero?
Where will the plant be located?
What is Sustainable Aviation Fuel (or SAF)?
The use of SAF will also contribute to a significant decrease in ultra-fine particles and sulphur emissions. By reducing these emissions, local air quality will be improved in particular in areas with a high density of flight movements, such as airports.
SAF is a so called ‘drop-in’ fuel, which means that after blending the neat SAF with conventional fossil jet fuel, the blended SAF requires no special infrastructure or equipment changes. The blended SAF is fully Jet A/A-1 compliant as it is certified to ASTM D1655, DEFSTAN 91-091 and/or EI-JIG 1530 AFQRJOS ‘check list’, and has the same characteristics and specifications as conventional fossil jet fuel.
Why are SAF’s important?
SAF is currently the best option for CO2 emission reductions for aviation in the short to medium term. The current generation of aircraft needs liquid fuel, and the only logical alternative to fossil kerosene is SAF. The main difference between fossil jet fuel and SAF is the source of carbon: fossil fuels release carbon that was previously stored in reservoirs for a large timespan (hundreds to millions of years). SAF recycles carbon by using CO2 from the atmosphere via the use of biomass. By using a sustainable feedstock, significant CO2 emission reductions can be achieved.
How does it work?
Aviation emissions are growing rapidly, does introduction of SAF go beyond scratching the surface?
Can you fly on 100% sustainable aviation fuel?
Is SAF the same as biofuel?
We recommend using the word SAF for one important reason: Sustainability. Biobased jet fuel is not per se sustainable. Imagine jet fuel produced from unsustainable crude palm oil. Very bio, but this type of SAF can even emit more CO2 compared to fossil kerosene. Furthermore, bio jet fuel is only referring to fuels which are produced from biogenic sources, whereas the term SAF also covers alternative fuels for aviation which are not produced from biogenic sources (such as synthetic fuels from recycled fossil carbon or the non-biogenic part of municipal solid waste).