FLITE Project

Overview

The FLITE consortium, led by SkyNRG and with LanzaTech as the technology provider, will build the first-of-its-kind LanzaJetTM Alcohol to Jet (AtJ) facility. The facility will convert waste-based ethanol to sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) at a scale of at least 30,000 tons/yr. The project received €20 million in grant funding from the EU H2020 programme and is a major milestone on the path to a net zero emission for the aviation industry.

 

Sustainable aviation fuel is critical to reduce emissions from the aviation sector in the coming decades. Ambitious targets are proposed as part of the European Green Deal ‘Sustainable and smart mobility’ policy and the new legislative initiative ‘EU ReFuelEU Aviation’. To meet these targets in the years to come, it is essential that we diversify feedstock and technology options for SAF production. This pre-commercial ATJ production plant will pave the way to implementing SAF production across Europe and around the globe, producing commercially relevant quantities of SAF to support future aviation’s climate targets.

 

RSB will provide key support in preparing the project through guidance on RSB certification of the facility. This will involve supply chain mapping of feedstocks, risk assessments and screening, training to the facility operators, and ongoing support to prepare for certification.

 

This project addresses two key challenges faced by the aviation sector today – rapid decarbonisation and doing so in a sustainable manner. It aims to scale the production of SAF in Europe, and ensure it meets the most stringent sustainability standards. The RSB is proud to support partners to demonstrate sustainability performance and meet regional and global regulatory requirements of EU RED and CORSIA.” – Elena Schmidt, Executive Director, RSB

Project Aims

1. Advance the development and uptake of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) that offers a solution to the aviation industry’s emissions challenges

2. Demonstrate precommercial scale production of Alcohol-to-Jet – Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene

3. Demonstrate the flexibility of ethanol based ATJ technology for meeting the needs of commercial aviation

 

Project Timeline

  1. December 2020:

    Project Kick Off

  2. 2023:

    Start of Production at the ATJ plant