Romania could emerge as major bio-fuel producer
Airbus, Tarom Romanian Air Transport and other partners are working towards the establishment of Romania as a centre for aviation bio-fuel production.
Romania was chosen because it is a centre for production of camelina, a plant seen as an ideal feedstock for aviation bio-fuel.
According to a statement, the partners will conduct a number of feasibility studies, and then assess existing refining capacity to identify Romania's overall production capability.
“This is the first European based value chain project bringing together farmers, oil refiners and an airline to spearhead the commercialisation of sustainable bio-fuel production,” said Paul Nash, head of new energies, Airbus.
“The Romanian camelina value chain will help us further verify the sustainability and economic viability of producing bio-kerosene.”
Camelina is the chosen feedstock because of its energy potential, its rotational crop qualities, its green house gas reduction potential and its low water requirements.
Camelina is indigenous to Romania and can be farmed and harvested by family farmers. It also has a high quality animal feed by-product.
Airbus will support the fuel approval processes, and lead in assessing the effect on aircraft systems and engines.
The consortium will work together with the Bucharest University of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Centre of Biotechnology (BIOTEHGEN) on the sustainable agricultural phase of the project.
TAROM is leading the consortium, which includes Honeywell’s UOP, CCE (Camelina Company España), and Airbus.
Honeywell’s UOP is applying its aviation bio-fuel refining technology and CCE is contributing its knowledge on camelina agronomy.