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Sustainable Aviation Fuel Infrastructure Assessment Guide

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Airports can play a meaningful role advancing the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) adoption. One key area is understanding SAJF infrastructure needs. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has demonstrated leadership along with partners Alaska Airlines and Boeing by pursuing an "Aviation Biofuels Infrastructure Feasibility Study." In 2018, San Francisco International Airport is poised to issue an RFP to identify its own site needs.

 

In-depth studies may be required at many airports. New fuels may require a range of infrastructure to cost-effectively deliver to the airport fuel farm. Additional tank capacity, blending apparatus, and pipelines may be necessary. Investment requirement information gaps create uncertainty. A lack of required infrastructure may delay SAJF implementation, or they may increase the delivery costs and airline motivations to sign future offtake agreements.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) is widely recognized as essential to the future of aviation. SAJF will contribute the majority of future emission reductions. Airlines will gain reduced fuel price volatility and regions will gain quality jobs throughout the supply chain. Promising recent developments include new commercial production capacity increasing, pending technology certification (ASTM qualification), and expansion of existing facilities.

ACRP can advance a screening tool for airports to assess SAJF infrastructure needs. The tool can include a method for airports to coordinate with their fuel consortiums and could include the following:

• Best practices to structure a SAJF screening process
• Fuel consortium coordination – guidance on how to engage airline key stakeholders. Resources might include educational SAJF briefing materials
• Equipment needs for blending near an airport or potentially within the fence-line. Specific information can include:
o Tank capacity for blending for different volumes
o Transfer elements
o General cost information
• Financing SAJF infrastructure – comprehensive descriptive list of funding options along with benefits and drawbacks of each mechanism.
• Property candidate screening – for locations that may require additional capacity beyond what existing sites can support. Property characteristics can include:
o Land compatibility
o Size requirements
o Environmental permitting considerations
o Range of transportation mode access (e.g., pipeline, rail, truck transfer)
o Proximity to fuel farm
• Procurement resources – the report could include recommendations on how to structure a study including RFP examples.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

"Airports can play a meaningful role advancing the Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) adoption. One key area is understanding SAJF infrastructure needs. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has demonstrated leadership along with partners Alaska Airlines and Boeing by pursuing an ""Aviation Biofuels Infrastructure Feasibility Study."" In 2018, San Francisco International Airport is poised to issue an RFP to identify its own site needs.

In-depth studies may be required at many airports. New fuels may require a range of infrastructure to cost-effectively deliver to the airport fuel farm. Additional tank capacity, blending apparatus, and pipelines may be necessary. Investment requirement information gaps create uncertainty. A lack of required infrastructure may delay SAJF implementation, or they may increase the delivery costs and airline motivations to sign future offtake agreements."

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

The recommended research approach contains the follo
wing:

  1. Review of literature for relevant best practices
  2. Interviews and potential site visits on airports that have either dedicated SAJF infrastructure, have delivered to fuel
    farm and hydrant system, or have conducted formal feasibility study for s
    ustainable alternative jet fuel
    implementation.
  3. Analyze range of airport involvement roles with fuel consortium regarding coordination, management and
    financing.
  4. Develop logical screening methodology to understand if a formal assessment is necessar
    y based on existing
    resources and site availability
  5. For airports where it is necessary, generate supporting procurement resources to issue a Request for Information
    (RFI) and/or Request for Proposals (RFP)
  6. Compile all project resources into single user guidebook.
Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

$400,000 based on the following:

  1. resource requirements for profiling a range of airport types, the range of locations and infrastructure variations;
  2. need for extensive interviews with industry experts and ai
    rports (in the US and abroad) to gather information
  3. generating a generic assessment methodology that can provide meaningful guidance and equip airport to conduct
    informed procurement decisions/actions
Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.


Aviation Biofuels Infrastructure Feasibility Study: Final Report for Seattle
-Tacoma Airport by WSC, 3 Square
Blocks, Argus, and PT&C, 2016

ACRP Report 46: Handbook for Analyzing the Costs and Benefits of Alternative Aviation Turbine Engine Fuels
at Airports, 2011

ACRP Report 60, Report 6
0: Guidelines for Integrating Alternative Jet Fuel into the Airport Setting,
Transportation. 2014

ACRP Report 83: Assessing Opportunities for Alternative Fuel Distribution Programs. Transportation Research
Board of the National Academies, Washington, D.C.,
2013

ACRP Report 165, Tracking Alternative Jet Fuel, 2016

ACRP 02
-80 [Active]. Quantifying Emissions Reductions at Airports from the Use of Alternative Jet Fuels

"JFK GreenLane Report: International flights on Sustainable Aviation Fuel" SkyNRG 2014

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