Idemitsu Kosan and J-Oil Mills study potential for SAF in Australia


Idemitsu Kosan and J-Oil Mills have partnered on a study looking at making Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) from pongamia pinnata trees. They are joined on the project by Australian non-profit organisation Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) and the Queensland government.

Japanese oil producer Idemitsu Kosan and cooking oil manufacturer J-Oil Mills say the study aims to determine how oil from pongamia pinnata nuts (pictured) can be harvested, separated, transported and then turned into SAF. Pongamia pinnata, a legume plant (and member of the pea family), grows throughout Southeast Asia and Oceania. It is a non-edible oil feedstock with high oil yield efficiency.

The two Japanese firms announced a partnership to build a biomass production business earlier this year. This includes the production of SAF. The partnership with Queensland based BMRG, is an extension of this business plan.

The project will determine the potential of a SAF supply chain by first studying the сarbon fixation of pongamia pinnata trees. Biological carbon fixation, or carbon assimilation, is the process by which inorganic carbon is converted to organic compounds by living organisms.

The companies will start small-scale cultivation verification of the trees in Queensland by the end of this year.