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Airbus Showcases A350-1000 Powered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel at Singapore Airshow

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Airbus showcased its A350-1000 aircraft, powered by a 35% blend of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), at the Singapore Airshow. The company showed refueling on February 18 at Changi Airport (SIN) by pumping 12.8 tons (11.6 metric tons) of a 35% blend of SAF and conventional jet-A fuel into the widebody. (aeroxplorer.com) More...

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Bursk
Randall Bursk 3
Lot of research, testing, just like different fossil fuel blends. Need the best for your operation. I averaged 180 tons of carbon emissions every year in my career. If it does the job, happy to use it.
cmuncy
Chris Muncy 4
Better alternative link: https://www.ainonline.com/aviation-news/air-transport/2024-02-18/airbus-puts-saf-display-a350-1000
cmuncy
Chris Muncy 3
wow downvoted for posting a link to a web site not polluted with ads.....

FlightNerd
David French 2
My concern over 'SAF' is that at commercially viable quantities it could create another Palm Oil disaster.
NeilPostlethwaiteItsAllBroken
Very similarly related Fuel for IndyCar seems to be a bit more advanced, but there is much in the press release about the Sugar Cane ‘waste’ related Ethanol but nothing at all about the ‘combined with another renewable component to create the 100% renewable formulation‘. The language is a bit weasel like.

Even so quantities require for aviation will be huge.

https://www.indycar.com/news/2023/02/02-27-shell-fuel#:~:text=With%20the%20debut%20of%20the,compared%20to%20fossil%2Dbased%20gasoline.
NeilPostlethwaiteItsAllBroken
SAF = Plain and simple greenwashing.
btweston
btweston 0
Are you an oil speculator or do you just work for one?
NeilPostlethwaiteItsAllBroken
No. Just someone concerned about the green-washing of SAF. Environmental concerns but a Big Oil shill.

There is no such thing as sustainable aviation fuel - unless like Mr Fusion in Back to the Future - you can entirely make it from waste, with low energy input into the process and low CO2 product.
djames225
djames225 4
Actually there is a such thing as SAF, it can be made from waste, production cut CO2 output compared to fractionating tower process by 12-14%, and it uses less energy to produce.

However I believe and agree with some of your skepticism. As it strands now, rules state it must be mixed with fossil fuel. So until the day comes when a jet engine can run on 100% SAF for a 16 hr flight, this using SAF with jet fuel has been going on for a while.
skylab72
skylab72 0
Alcohol > JF also has potential at scale, only the energy of a single chemical bond (C to H) for each fuel molecule output... greenwashing is as greenwashing does, it is all in the presentation.
drpepper
drpepper 0
FDX was one of the initial testers of SAF, good to see it's finally making progress.

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