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DOE Awards SAF Funding to Green Plains, Tallgrass and PNNL

Green Plains Inc., Tallgrass and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory were awarded Department of Energy funding to help convert ethanol into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)

OAKHURST, N.J. (DTN) -- Green Plains Inc., Tallgrass and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory today announced they have been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance sustainable aviation fuel technology as part of the federal agency's effort to support the development of biofuels and bioproducts.

The DOE award will support Green Plains and Tallgrass in funding the demonstration of an innovative process developed by PNNL to convert ethanol to SAF via ketone intermediates, a critical step in proving the scalability of the technology. Green Plains and Tallgrass currently hold the option to exclusively license the PNNL SAF technology globally. They will jointly pursue the production of SAF from cellulosic and corn ethanol and intend to commercialize PNNL's production process upon successful completion of the pilot project.

"Developing and deploying new technologies to produce sustainable aviation fuel is part of Green Plains' ongoing transformation and this grant will help fund catalyst optimization which can lead to a pilot facility and beyond," said Todd Becker, president and CEO of Green Plains. "We believe the PNNL technology can be a game changer in efficiently converting low-carbon alcohol to sustainable aviation fuel."

Becker added, "New alcohol-to-jet pathways are necessary to achieve the ambitious volume targets for SAF, and our rapidly evolving biorefinery platform is well positioned to help meet and exceed these targets. Our collaboration with Tallgrass and our work with PNNL on state-of-the-art technologies positions Green Plains at the forefront of SAF commercialization which is supported by the expansion of policy to economically develop and deploy novel SAF technology."


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