Climate Friendly Jet Fuel: 3 Strategies for Accelerating Production
An NREL scientist discusses sustainable aviation fuel with Kelly Speakes-Backman, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Image courtesy of Werner Slocum, NREL
The equivalent of 30,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools—that’s how much jet fuel the United States consumes in a typical year.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. airline carriers consumed over 20 billion gallons of petroleum-based jet fuel in 2019. With a growing population and increasing demand for goods from around the world, that volume is projected to grow over the next several decades.
So, when we talk about decarbonizing the aviation sector, increasing supplies of sustainable aviation fuel is often at the center of the discussion.
Supported by the U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is striving to bring more low- and zero-net-carbon sustainable aviation fuel to the market. Discover three key strategies NREL is pursuing to make it happen.