Blue Biofuels, Vertimass to setup SAF production facility in Florida
Blue Biofuels and Vertimass announced a joint venture to setup a facility in Florida produce nearly 10m gallons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and 2m gallons renewable propane and butane (rLPG) as co-products from ethanol.
“I am very enthusiastic about this partnership with Vertimass. It confirms our dedication to pioneering sustainable solutions in the aviation industry and producing biofuels. Our joint venture’s objective is not only to produce high-quality SAF but also to contribute significantly to reducing carbon emissions,” said Ben Slager, CEO, Blue Biofuels.
The facility will employ Vertimass’ Consolidated Alcohol Deoxygenation and Oligomerization (CADO) technology to produce renewable fuel.
This new company, VertiBlue Fuels LLC, is equally owned by Blue Biofuels Inc. and Vertimass.
The two firms said the immediate objective is to build a facility in Florida, which is anticipated to produce an estimated 10m gallons of SAF and 2m gallons of rLPG in its first year.
However, once completed, the two firms plan to expand SAF production to approximately 70m gallons and rLPG to 14m gallons, annually.
The facility will initially convert sugarcane ethanol, followed by using ethanol derived from Blue Biofuels’ CTS (Cellulose-to-Sugar) technology.
“This partnership represents a major milestone for Vertimass, as it will move our breakthrough CADO technology to commercial scale and feed conversion of cellulosic biomass to SAF. The need for SAF in the marketplace continues to grow as airlines and governments around the world commit to net zero carbon emissions by 2050,” commented Dr. Charles Wyman, president and CEO, Vertimass.