Technoeconomic analysis of renewable aviation fuel from microalgae, Pongamia pinnata, and sugarcane

Klein-Marcuschamer, Daniel, Turner, Christopher, Allen, Mark, Gray, Peter, Dietzgen, Ralf G., Gresshoff, Peter M., Hankamer, Ben, Heimann, Kirsten, Scott, Paul T., Stephens, Evans, Speight, Robert, and Nielsen, Lars K. (2013) Technoeconomic analysis of renewable aviation fuel from microalgae, Pongamia pinnata, and sugarcane. Biofuels Bioproducts & Biorefining, 7 (4). pp. 416-428.

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Technoeconomic analysis of renewable aviation fuels has not been widely considered, despite the increasing global attention that the field has received. We present three process models for production of aviation-fuel from microalgae, Pongamia pinnata seeds and sugarcane molasses. The models and assumptions have been deposited on a wiki ( and are open and accessible to the community. Based on currently available long-term reputable technological data, this analysis indicates that the biorefineries processing the microalgae, Pongamia seeds, and sugarcane feedstocks would be competitive with crude oil at $1343, $374, and $301/bbl, respectively. Sensitivity analyses of the major economic drivers suggest technological and market developments that would bring the corresponding figures down to $385, $255, and $168/bbl. The dynamic nature of the freely accessible models will allow the community to track progress toward economic competitiveness of aviation fuels from these renewable feedstocks.

Item ID: 30382
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1932-1031
Keywords: technoeconomic analysis, aviation fuels, biofuels, microalgae, pongamia, sugarcane
Funders: Queensland Government, Boeing Research & Technology, Australia, IOR Energy, Mackay Sugar Limited, Virgin Australia
Projects and Grants: Queensland Government Smart Futures National and International Research Alliances Program, contract DE-AC02-05CH11231
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2013 05:25
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology > 060199 Biochemistry and Cell Biology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
09 ENGINEERING > 0902 Automotive Engineering > 090201 Automotive Combustion and Fuel Engineering (incl Alternative/Renewable Fuels) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850501 Biofuel (Biomass) Energy @ 100%
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