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This company turns trash into SAF
Today, we’re looking at Fulcrum BioEnergy, which turns trash into SAF. Fulcrum says its fuel process involves going “from your trash can to the sky.”
Instead of going to a landfill, household garbage is redirected to Fulcrum’s Feedstock Processing Facility. After inorganic materials are separated, a feedstock is produced.
The material then goes through a process of gasification, and syngas clean up, after which it goes through a Fischer-Tropsch reactor – Fischer Tropsch is a proven almost 100-year-old process to produce synthetic fuels
The final stage is then for the resulting product to be upgraded into jet fuel, ready for drop-in into commercial aircraft.
Fifty trucks a day carrying household garbage are due to arrive at Fulcrum’s plant outside Reno, Nevada.
According to US Senator Catherine Cortez Masto:
“There is no or low carbon coming from this clean-burning fuel. That’s what it’s about. How do we lower that carbon footprint? And this is one of the companies that shows how it can be done.”
The Reno, Nevada facility is projected to produce 11 million gallons a year of syncrude from 175,000 tons of municipal solid waste (MSW).
What Fulcrum does is interesting for a number of reasons.
One of the criticisms of SAF is that it takes resources away from agricultural land, which could be used for food crops. Not only does Fulcrum’s fuel not compete for crop space, it also finds a better use for household garbage than further filling up landfill sites,
Industry publication Wastedive cites more examples of waste being turned into jet fuel. Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) has been trialling the use of used cooking oil into SAF.
And the Port of Seattle is likewise looking at how MSW could be turned into fuels.
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