PNAA Conference Pt 3: Renewable biofuels
The future of bio-fuel is different from the bio-fuel today, says John Plaza, CEO of Imperium Renewables. He is speaking at the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance conference in suburban Seattle. It will be drop-in fuel, potential to be cheaper, meet same specifications as petroleum, equivalent to civilian (JP-8) and military fleets (JP-10).
First generation of bio-fuel is bio-diesel. Second generation will be the drop-in described above. Bio-fuels have to become multiple products as in the petroleum industry.
- We’re seeing increasing density of bio-fuels, which increases BTUs and efficiency on long-haul flights.
- WA State has one of highest recycling programs in the country but still generates a lot of trash (much of which is trained to Oregon). Trash can contribute to bio-fuel.
- Bio-fuel without subsidy costs around $4/gal vs $3.25 or so for jet fuel, so there is still a price disparity.
- 200 million gallons of jet fuel within 100 mile radius of wood slash can be generated.
- Other feed stocks: Jatropha, Eucalyptus, mixed growth plots. Algae is interesting but requires more research.