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Raven SR to supply sustainable aviation fuel to All Nippon Airways


From left, Hidekazu Yoshida, vice president, All Nippon Airways; Matt Murdock, CEO, Raven SR; and Tsuyoshi Matsumoto, general manager, Itochu (Photo: Raven SR Inc.)

Raven SR Inc. announced Jan. 17 that it has sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to All Nippon Airways for major global routes. The MOU provides for an initial 50,000 tons of SAF supply in the first year, 2025, with annual incremental increases to 200,000 tons for year 10.


The supply will be produced by Raven SR at facilities planned for major global markets outside Japan to serve specific international routes of All Nippon Airways.


“We are grateful our strategic partner Itochu introduced us to All Nippon Airways to initiate this landmark agreement for long-term SAF supplies that will foster growth for Raven SR on a global basis and help All Nippon Airways with its carbon-reduction commitments,” said Matt Murdock, CEO of Raven SR. “We expect that our agreement with All Nippon Airways to supply SAF in strategic markets globally will enable buying local fuel produced from local waste. We see growing interest in such efficiency and circularity in renewable fuel distribution for aviation and other transportation sectors.”


Itochu is one of several strategic investors in privately held Raven SR, and the two companies maintain a strong partnership, including plans for commercial production and sales of renewable fuels worldwide.


By converting various types of local waste such as green waste, municipal solid waste, organic waste and methane from municipal solid waste into clean fuels, Raven SR offers a sustainable solution for the reliable and long-term production of SAF.


“As part of our climate-transition strategies, All Nippon Airways is dedicated to being an industry leader with our environmental commitments,” said Hideo Miyake, executive vice president at All Nippon Airways overseeing procurement. “This announcement with Itochu and Raven SR will be of great importance and support our mid- and long-term carbon-reduction goals. We look forward to collaboratively working together on this important business imperative of being environmentally conscious and developing local solutions that are beneficial to reducing our carbon footprint.”


The Japanese airline industry is required by the country’s general assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization to reach a goal of achieving net-zero CO2 emissions from aircraft by 2050. Starting in 2024, Japanese airlines must reduce or offset 15 percent of emissions from 2019 levels.


Global SAF supply currently comprises 0.03 percent of total jet-fuel consumption.


Raven SR plans to commence commercial production of SAF by 2025 in California and expand SAF production by 200,000 tons per year until 2034 in the U.S. and Europe.


According to Raven SR, its use of waste as feedstock for its SAF production is expected to stabilize both the supply and pricing of SAF. Additionally, the third-generation synthetic SAF produced using Raven SR’s proprietary technology is projected to reduce CO2 emissions compared to conventional jet fuel and extend the lifespan of jet engines.


Third-generation SAF refers to synthetic aviation fuels that are produced from nontraditional feedstocks, such as agricultural waste, forestry residues and algae. These feedstocks are considered to be more sustainable and environmentally preferable than traditional feedstocks, such as fossil fuels, as they do not contribute to greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions or deplete finite resources.


Third-generation SAF also has the potential to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the aviation industry, as they emit significantly lower levels of GHGs during the fuel-production and use processes compared to fossil fuels.


The Raven SR technology is a noncombustion thermal, chemical reductive process that converts organic waste and landfill gas to hydrogen and Fischer-Tropsch synthetic fuels.


Unlike other hydrogen-production technologies, its steam/CO2 reformation does not require fresh water as a feedstock.


The process, according to Raven SR, is more efficient than conventional hydrogen production and can deliver fuel with low to negative carbon intensity.


Additionally, Raven SR’s goal is to generate as much of its own power on site as possible to reduce reliance on the power grid and be independent of the grid. Its modular design provides a scalable means to locally produce renewable hydrogen and synthetic liquid fuels from local waste.

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