Assessment of Alternative Fuels for Commercial Aviation

Project 17 examined whether there are alternative fuels for commercial aviation that could reduce the environmental impact of aviation while reducing price and price volatility of jet fuel. Alternative fuel options were compared to the current standard, Jet A derived from conventional petroleum. Options examined include an ultra low sulfur jet fuel from conventional petroleum, conventional jet fuel derived from both oil sands and oil shale, synthetic paraffinic kerosene, biodiesel, biokerosene, and alcohols. SPK fuel options include those derived from Fischer-Tropsch synthesis of natural gas, coal, and biomass as well as hydroprocessed renewable jet fuels from palm and soybeans.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $559890.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Gillette, Warren

    Brown, Nathan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Principal Investigators:

    Waitz, Ian

  • Start Date: 20060901
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20091231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 34146

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01569628
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 03-C-NE-MIT-030
  • Files: RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2015 1:00AM