Neste Oil will take part in the Paris Air Show this June to showcase its NExBTL renewable aviation fuel. The fuel meets the stringent quality standards demanded for aviation use and is compatible with all existing aircraft engines. In addition, said Neste, it can also be produced in industrial volumes.
In June ASTM voted to approve renewable aviation fuels produced by hydrotreating bio-based feedstocks for use in air traffic. (Earlier post.) Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable aviation fuel, based on hydrotreating vegetable and waste oils, is one such fuel. Commercial flights with the fuel are due to start in the coming months when the ASTM’s specification process for aviation biofuels is completed.
Lufthansa last year said that, pending certification, it will test NExBTL renewable jet fuel with an Airbus A321 on scheduled commercial flights on the Hamburg-Frankfurt-Hamburg route. (Earlier post.) One of the aircraft’s engines will use a 50-50 mix of Neste Oil’s NExBTL renewable jet biofuel and traditional kerosene; the other engine will use conventional jet fuel. The primary purpose of the project is to conduct a long-term trial to study the effect of biofuel on engine maintenance and engine life.
|“We are aiming for growth as a supplier of renewable aviation fuel.”|
|—Janne Mielck, Neste Oil’s Vice President, Business Development|
Using NExBTL renewable aviation fuel helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as other pollutants, such as SOx.