May 17, 2020

First Trans-Atlantic Flight Fueled by Biofuel

Boeing
747-8
commercial
Flight
Admin
2 min
Boeing is set to land a 747-8 commercial freighter powered by biofuel at the International Air Show in Paris next week
The aviation industry is very keen on biofuels, and heavy investment is being made by major airlines as well as jetplane manufacturers. Boeing—o...

 

The aviation industry is very keen on biofuels, and heavy investment is being made by major airlines as well as jetplane manufacturers.  Boeing—one of the most prolific names in air travel—will be the first to complete a commercial trans-Atlantic flight using biofuel.  A Boeing 747-8 commercial freighter is scheduled to arrive at the International Air Show in Paris next week to mark the pivotal event.

The Boeing jetliner is to be fueled with a 15 percent biofuel blend, using biofuel derived from the camelina plant.

The landmark flight is a nod to the coming jet fuel specifications to be published by the aviation fuels global standards body later in the year.  The standards could allow up to 50 percent blends of biofuels to be used as aviation fuel in commercial airliners.

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Boeing spokesman Terrance Scott claims that many airlines are working together to set up agreements in preparation for the new standards.  While cost of tradition aviation fuel is still lower than biofuels, the industry wants to be prepared. “As an industry, we have to find a way to eliminate the volatility,” said Scott. “We won’t predict when peak oil is going to happen, or whether it has already happened. But you need to get going on this.”

The June 20 flight will be fueled by Honeywell’s biofuel blend, who reportedly claims that airlines won’t need to worry about changing their airline fleets to function properly with biofuels, even with blends of 50 percent. 

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Apr 20, 2021

Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone

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Renewables
Solar
Netzero
Dominic Ellis
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Nine new projects announced today takes Amazon's renewables portfolio beyond 200 projects

Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.

Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:

First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.

First renewable project in Canada An 80 MW solar project in the County of Newell in Alberta. Once complete, it will produce over 195,000MWh of renewable energy to the grid.

Largest corporate renewable energy project in the UK Amazon’s newest project in the UK is a 350MW wind farm off the coast of Scotland and is Amazon’s largest in the country. It is also the largest corporate renewable energy deal announced by any company in the UK to date.

New projects in the US Amazon’s first renewable energy project in Oklahoma is a 118 MW wind project located in Murray County. Amazon is also building new solar projects in Ohio’s Allen, Auglaize, and Licking counties. Together, these Ohio projects will account for more than 400MW of new energy procurement in the state.

Additional investments in Spain and Sweden In Spain, Amazon’s newest solar projects are located in Extremadura and Andalucia, and together add more than 170 MW to the grid. Amazon’s newest project in Sweden is a 258 MW onshore wind project located in Northern Sweden.

It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.

Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.

A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.

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