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Synthetic Iso-Paraffins (biodiesel)


Technology Description

Also known as the "sugars to hydrocarbons" route, this pathway converts sugars from biomass directly into hydrocarbons similar to diesel and jet fuel. Biological routes use micro-organisms to perform the conversion, while catalytic routes use catalysts under high temperature conditions. Synthetic Iso-Paraffins is an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)-certified sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), allowed to be blended up to 10%.

Relevance for Net Zero

The demand for sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) in a net-zero world is large, and other alternatives to SAFs are expensive or technically infeasible (e.g. electrifying long-haul flights)

Key Countries

United States, France

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