United Airlines' new partnership could power 50,000 flights with sustainable aviation fuel

Feb. 2, 2023
The Blue Blade Energy project is a joint venture with Tallgrass and Green Plains, Inc., and will focus on producing ethanol-based aviation fuel, Zach Wichter reports for USA Today.

CHICAGO - United Airlines announced a new joint venture agreement with two biofuel companies Tuesday, saying that it expects the partnership to produce enough sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to power 50,000 flights between Chicago and Denver per year by 2028, Zach Wichter reports for USA TodayContinue reading original article.

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2 February 2023 - Blue Blade's new SAF technology was developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a leading center for technological innovation in sustainable energy. SAF, which uses non-petroleum feedstock, is a low-carbon alternative to traditional jet fuel that offers up to 85% lower lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions.

"The production and use of SAF is the most effective and scalable tool the airline industry has to reduce carbon emissions and United continues to lead the way," said United Airlines Ventures President Michael Leskinen. "This new joint venture includes two expert collaborators that have the experience to construct and operate large-scale infrastructure, as well as the feedstock supply necessary for success. Once operational, Blue Blade Energy has the potential to create United's largest source of SAF providing up to 135 million gallons of fuel annually."

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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