Air travel has changed our world for the better, enabling settlement of communities, fueling commerce, facilitating the exchange of goods and fostering relationships that could not have existed for previous generations. While air travel makes our world a smaller and better place, there are environmental costs associated with the energy needed for flight.. Fortunately, there is a growing movement to adopt sustainable jet fuel alternatives.
Virent’s patented technology enables the production of two types of jet fuel blendstocks from bio-based feedstocks. Our BioForming® process can produce components needed for high performance jet fuels which are similar to their existing petroleum-derived counterparts as shown below in these boiling point curves.
Because of these similarities, Virent’s jet fuel can be “dropped-in” to the existing petroleum refining infrastructure, such as pipelines, tanks, pumps and aircraft engines of all kinds.
Virent is developing two jet fuel products: Synthesized Kerosene (SK) consisting of paraffins and naphthenes and Synthesized Aromatic Kerosene (SAK) consisting of aromatics.
Virent SK and SAK jet fuel are currently in the ASTM approval process. Virent SAK jet fuel has completed laboratory and ‘fit-for-purpose’ testing and has begun engine testing. SAK jet fuel has also been tested in a demonstration flight that showed decreased particulate emissions. SK jet fuel has also completed laboratory and ‘fit-for-purpose’ testing, which have demonstrated excellent freeze point and thermal stability compared to conventional jet fuel.
Read more about the test flight here.