DG Fuels (DGF), a provider of cellulosic drop-in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), signed a multi-year SAF offtake agreement with Air France KLM for up to 60,408 metric tons (21 million gallons) per year from DGF’s initial plant to be located in Louisiana.
The contract is expected to make Air France KLM DGF’s largest European airline customer and lays the groundwork for expansion of this commercial relationship as DGF scales up production at the Louisiana and additional planned SAF production plants to be located in the United States and beyond.
The minimum 10-year deal will reduce lifecycle emissions by up to 340,647 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, beginning with the first expected SAF deliveries in 2026.
In total, the definitive offtake agreement covers up to 604,086 metric tons (210 million gallons) of SAF, resulting in life cycle emission reduction of up to 3,406,470 metric tons over the initial term of the agreement.
Schematic of DGFuels Sustainable Aviation Fuel Process
The basis of DGF’s integrated fuel and energy technology is the proven Fischer-Tropsch process. DGF’s method modifies the established Fischer-Tropsch system with several mechanisms that will decrease the CO2 life-cycle emissions and reduce the quantity of feed-stock required. These changes eliminate the need for carbon sequestration and reduce the system’s feed-stock handling costs and complexity. Additionally, DGF’s production method produces ASTM certified direct replacement fuel with greater fuel density, lower particulate and NOx emissions.
The feed-stock reduction is achieved primarily by supplementing the process with oxygen and hydrogen produced by water electrolysis units that are powered by clean wind and solar generated electricity. DGF replaces the coal gasification used by others with biomass gasification and natural gas reforming. This simplifies implementation and further reduces new carbon emissions created in the process.
DGF’s patented system design is expected to have a carbon intensity (CI) score of -39 grams per megajoule—140% lower than conventional Jet A. DGF’s SAF formula also has a higher energy density than conventional Jet A, providing airline customers with operational advantages in addition to the environmental benefits.
DGF’s fuel production system relies entirely on cellulosic waste products such as timber trimmings from the logging industry and renewable energy such as wind and solar. The DGF high carbon conversion efficiency fuel production strategy meets the highest RSB or ISSC standards of environmental fuel production. DGF’s cellulosic feedstock does not impair food supply and is essentially water neutral. Water electrolysis for green hydrogen supply is sourced mostly from byproduct water created by the rest of DGF’s fuel production process and powered by renewables.
With this agreement Air France and KLM now join DGF’s three other disclosed and undisclosed launch customers under binding agreements totaling over 130 million gallons per year.—Christopher J. Chaput, President and CFO of DG Fuels
The project is being undertaken by bio-fuels industry leader Black & Veatch, which is performing feasibility, early engineering, and environmental permitting work as well as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) execution.