Technoeconomic analysis of renewable aviation fuel from microalgae, Pongamia pinnata, and sugarcane

Klein-Marcuschamer, Daniel, Turner, Christopher, Allen, Mark, Gray, Peter, Dietzgen, Ralf G., Gresshoff, Peter M., Hankamer, Ben, Heimann, Kirsten, Scott, Paul T., Stephens, Evan, Speight, Robert and Nielsen, Lars K. (2013) Technoeconomic analysis of renewable aviation fuel from microalgae, Pongamia pinnata, and sugarcane. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, 7 4: 416-428. doi:10.1002/bbb.1404


Author Klein-Marcuschamer, Daniel
Turner, Christopher
Allen, Mark
Gray, Peter
Dietzgen, Ralf G.
Gresshoff, Peter M.
Hankamer, Ben
Heimann, Kirsten
Scott, Paul T.
Stephens, Evan
Speight, Robert
Nielsen, Lars K.
Title Technoeconomic analysis of renewable aviation fuel from microalgae, Pongamia pinnata, and sugarcane
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Technoeconomic analysis of renewable aviation fuel from microalgae, Pongamia pinnata, and sugarcane
Journal name Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-104X
1932-1031
Publication date 2013-07-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/bbb.1404
Volume 7
Issue 4
Start page 416
End page 428
Total pages 13
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Abstract Technoeconomic analysis of renewable aviation fuels has not been widely considered, despite the increasing global attention that the field has received. We present three process models for production of aviation-fuel from microalgae, Pongamia pinnata seeds and sugarcane molasses. The models and assumptions have been deposited on a wiki (http://qsafi.aibn.uq.edu.au) and are open and accessible to the community. Based on currently available long-term reputable technological data, this analysis indicates that the biorefineries processing the microalgae, Pongamia seeds, and sugarcane feedstocks would be competitive with crude oil at $1343, $374, and $301/bbl, respectively. Sensitivity analyses of the major economic drivers suggest technological and market developments that would bring the corresponding figures down to $385, $255, and $168/bbl. The dynamic nature of the freely accessible models will allow the community to track progress toward economic competitiveness of aviation fuels from these renewable feedstocks.
Keyword Technoeconomic analysis
Aviation fuels
Biofuels
Microalgae
Pongamia
Sugarcane
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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