Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport in the US is set to power all flights by all airlines with sustainable aviation biofuel, in a bid to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Pacific Northwest.
As part of efforts to support routine biofuel use in the future, the Port of Seattle and Alaska Airlines have partnered with Boeing to launch a Biofuel Infrastructure Feasibility Study at the Sea-Tac fuel farm.
The Port of Seattle will manage the $250,000 study as the biofuel roadmapping process and would handle the engineering and integration of biofuel infrastructure on Port property such as the airport's fuel farm.
This will help evaluate the infrastructure and costs necessary to deliver a blend of aviation biofuel and conventional jet fuel to aircraft at the airport.
This biofuel can be used in airplanes without having to perform changes to the aircraft or engines.
The use of biofuel reduces lifecycle CO2 emissions by 50 to 80% compared to conventional petroleum fuel.
An RFP for the study will be issued in the spring of 2016 and is scheduled to complete by the end of that year.
Sea-Tac is the first US airport to introduce environment-friendly aviation biofuel into its infrastructure at a low cost and efficient manner.
Port of Seattle commissioner John Creighton said: "As leaders in aviation biofuels, this will send a signal to airlines and biofuel producers that Sea-Tac Airport will be ready to integrate commercial-scale use of aviation biofuels.
"Biofuel infrastructure will make Sea-Tac Airport an attractive option for any airline committing to use biofuel, and will assist in attracting biofuel producers to the region as part of a longer-term market development strategy."
The project aims to incorporate significant quantities of biofuel into Sea-Tac's fuel infrastructure, which is used by 26 airlines and more than 380,000 flights annually at the airport.
Starting with Sea-Tac, Alaska Airlines is set to promote the use of biofuel for flight operations at one or more of its hubs by 2020.