Assessing Opportunities for Alternative Fuel Distribution Programs

Increasingly, airports and their tenants are examining the potential to introduce alternative fuels, including alternative jet fuel, at their facilities. Airports, however, may lack the information and analytical tools to evaluate the business case for implementing alternative fuels distribution programs. Many projects are under consideration around the country for production of alternative jet fuels. For example, there is an ongoing effort to bring alternative jet fuel production and distribution to the northwest region. The production of alternative jet fuel results in a variety of co-products such as renewable diesel, which raises an additional desire to find markets for these co-products of alternative jet fuel production. Given the concentrated demand for fuel product at or near airports, airports may have the potential to become distribution centers for the co-products of alternative jet fuel production as well as other alternative fuels. Optimizing the potential for alternative fuel use from a broad business view can offer airports a new sustainable business and environmental opportunity, can promote aviation growth, and can create jobs at airports and in the region. The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook for airports to introduce and market alternative fuels to their airport community that includes tenants and consumers off airport. This guidebook will include a description of the steps necessary to evaluate opportunities and constraints for program delivery and will include a toolkit that enables airport decision makers to evaluate all of the elements necessary to implement an alternative fuels marketing and distribution program.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $400000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 02-36

  • 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
  • Performing Organizations:

    Metron Aviation

    45300 Catalina Court #101
    Dulles, VA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Miller, Bruno

  • Start Date: 20110607
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20121206
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38698

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01549633
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 02-36
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 6 2015 1:00AM