Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in Canada and NextStep Renewable Energy (NSRE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to support the use of low-carbon, renewable fuels in the aviation and airport sectors.
Both partners will tap existing market-ready technology for deployment in Alberta to address a supply gap for low-carbon fuels in Canada.
They will also concentrate on building domestic and global relationships for business growth in Alberta connected to the low-carbon economy.
NextStep Renewable Energy president Bryce Bonneville said: “NextStep Renewable Energy is pleased to be working with EIA to develop the support necessary to construct a processing facility in Alberta to produce low-carbon jet fuel.
“Our proposed Alberta based processing facility will provide security of supply and create Alberta jobs while using second generation, proven technology to produce high-quality drop-in jet fuel and diesel fuel to help Alberta with its low-carbon initiatives.”
Recently, EIA participated in Air Canada’s biofuel demonstration flight, which displayed a collaborative approach to bringing forward low-carbon, renewable fuels into the two sectors.
Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) CEO Steve MacDonald said: “Alberta’s strength in energy and biological resources helps position us to become a global leader in renewable transportation fuels.
“Partnerships like these, between industry and innovators, help accelerate the technology required to produce these cleaner energy products right here at home.”
ERA funds innovations that can reduce greenhouse gases.
As part of the MoU, NSRE has joined Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC) at EIA as the newest member.
AATC focuses on building activities in aerospace and technology at EIA for the benefit of Alberta