Tracking Aviation Alternative Fuel

The aviation industry strongly supports the introduction of aviation alternative fuels that have the potential to provide environmental, economic, and security of supply benefits compared to conventional fuels. United Airlines is expected to start taking delivery of alternative fuel at Los Angeles International airport (LAX) in 2014 and other similar commercial arrangements are expected in the near future. As alternative fuels for aircraft-use start to enter the supply chain, there is the need to keep track of those molecules for technical (e.g., quality control, fuel efficiency) and commercial (e.g., contract verification, marketing) reasons. A logical point to institute fuel tracking mechanisms is at the airport because this is where the supply chain for both conventional and alternative fuels converge before the fuel gets loaded into the airplane. Airports can play a key role to incentivize the commercialization of alternative fuels by helping to facilitate some of the logistics associated with the introduction of these fuels, in particular fuel tracking. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook to help airports, airlines, and other decision-makers along the supply chain identify the most convenient mechanism for keeping track of alternative fuel coming into the airport and to determine the barriers to the use of alternative fuel and the costs and benefits.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-65

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Schatz, Theresia

  • Start Date: 20141112
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37578

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543342
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-65
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2014 1:00AM