KLM Royal Dutch Airlines to fly on renewable fuel
June 24, 2011
by Meat&Poultry Staff
GEISMAR, La. – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will soon begin commercial operations on fuel produced at Dynamic Fuels LLC’s Geismar plant. KLM will begin flying a series of more than 200 commercial flights between Amsterdam and Paris powered by renewable jet fuel in September.
Dynamic Fuels is a 50/50 joint venture between Syntroleum Corp. and Tyson Foods Inc. The company’s plant converts fats, oils and greases into high-quality renewable fuels. Unlike ethanol and biodiesel, which are typically produced from food ingredients, such as corn and soybean oil, Dynamic Fuels uses non-food grade fats, oils and greases. Production began in October 2010.
These commercial flights on fuel produced by Dynamic Fuels follow rigorous renewable jet fuel testing and certification work conducted by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Rolls-Royce Group and Cessna Aircraft Co.
“This relationship demonstrates continued success building Dynamic Fuels, and further illustrates the promise of advanced biofuels,” said Bob Ames, vice president of Renewable Energy for Tyson Foods.
“The production of ‘drop in’ renewable fuels which are a direct replacement for petroleum based fuels is a major milestone in the commercial deployment of advanced technologies,” added Jeff Bigger, senior vice president of Business Development for Syntroleum. The plant uses Syntroleum’s Bio-Synfining Technology to produce the renewable fuels from feedstocks produced or procured by Tyson Foods.
The renewable jet fuel produced by Dynamic Fuels will be delivered to KLM by SkyNRG, a consortium comprised of KLM, North Sea Group and Spring Associates.