The UK’s ambition is to be at the forefront of SAF production and this new project, funded by the Aerospace Unlocking Potential (Aerospace UP) program, will support the long-term goal of the aerospace industry: reduce CO2emissions by half in 2050. SAF is considered a long-term decarbonisation solution for the aviation sector.
What really defines this project as cutting edge and differing from other sustainable fuel projects is that it will explore how bioethanol, produced from microorganisms found in municipal solid waste (MSW), can be used, for example, the content of the average rubbish. The project will also develop a unique process method and a biochemical route to manufacture fuel for bio-renewable aircraft, diverting non-recyclable waste from landfills or incinerators and converting them into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), thus providing a unique solution. and genuine to environmental air transport issues.
This SAF project is led by Derbyshire-based biochemical technology suppliers Wilson Bio-Chemical Limited (WBC), which specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of sustainable power plants. Founded in 2006, WBC has developed its experience in biofuels and its market position by developing aircraft fuel certifications, sustainable waste stream practices and a unique circular economy framework to produce biogenetic raw materials for SAF, with the aid of the financing of the program Aerospace UP.
WBC has developed a patented chemical recycling system to separate and homogenize the biogenic contents of commercially and industrially derived waste and turn them into platform chemicals to produce sustainable fuels. Life cycle assessments and aerodynamic engine performance analysis show that the Wilson® system significantly reduces aviation fuel emission profiles by up to 95%. In this project, the WBC system will help turn bioethanol into a sustainable fuel for aviation.
HSSMI is a sustainable manufacturing innovation consultancy, offering expert advice to help manufacturers increase, increase productivity and transition to circular economy practices. Its ambition is to accelerate the competitiveness of manufacturing, while slowing down its negative impacts on the environment and driving clean zero.
HSSMI will work with WBC to create a circular economy framework for the project. Specifically, HSSMI will develop a waste hierarchy for the aviation sector; participate in the Midlands supply chain; establish links with airports, airlines, air freight forwarders and other industry forums to map and establish potential waste streams that could be used to produce bioethanol; and collect data on possible ejectors and waste generated by industry.
Tom Wilson, CEO of Wilson Bio-Chemical, said: “We are delighted to be part of the aerospace release program. The support provided by the technology development group to Midlands manufacturers and their engineering supply chain has been critical and has given us a big boost. Their efforts to encourage supply groups to work circularly in the concept and innovation phase of projects are visionary and have proven invaluable to a small and medium-sized company like ours.
“I would certainly encourage any other company to speak with the University of Nottingham and the Midlands Aerospace Alliance to learn about the support available to diversify through the Aerospace UP program.”
Andrew Mair, executive director of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, said: “The aerospace industry is committed to an industry-wide plan to achieve zero net CO.2 emissions, including carbon-neutral growth, and we are delighted to support the Wilson Bio-Chemical project, which demonstrates why the Midlands is such a fantastic region for developing innovative solutions to global aerospace challenges. ”
Axel Bindel, Executive Director of HSSMI, added: “The SAF project will have a far-reaching impact, clearly demonstrating to companies and the public the potential for new innovations and circular economy practices. In turn, this will lead to increased demand for engineering and specialist advice solutions across the Midlands aerospace supply chain. The SAF project will play a key role in helping the aerospace supply chain manage waste and prevent waste from industry from being dumped or incinerated. We are delighted to be participating in this project to change steps that will help decarbonise the aerospace industry and help achieve zero net. ”
Aerospace Unlocking Potential (Aerospace UP) is a £ 20 million three-year program that aims to support the Midlands aerospace supply chain by helping unlock its innovation potential. The program is offered by the University of Nottingham and the Midlands Aerospace Alliance. Aerospace UP has the support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Midlands Aerospace Alliance supports the project to link up with the wider supply chain, including airports, airlines, fuel distributors and potential consumers of the new sustainable bioethanol-based aviation fuel.