Jet Fuel Production from Microalgae

Part of the air transport industry’s commitment on sustainability is reflected in a series of very ambitious goals as reflected in the 2050 European flypath. In particular there are targets that have been set in terms of CO2 emission reductions (50% CO2 emission reduction compared to the 2005 level). Achieving these goals will of course require vast improvements in fuel efficiency and the weight of aircrafts, but this won’t be enough, thus justifying the huge interest on Biofuels demonstrated by the Aerospace industry around the world, and in particular by EADS. Microalgea has been identified as being the most promising source, and currently the only source that able to produce Biofuel in the quantities that are needed. Working in this field is a key opportunity for Malaysia to develop further an already existing biofuel industry, and to help local businesses to take on this opportunity, AMIC will embark on a range of projects dealing with jet-fuel production from microalgae. In particular, research work is expected to focus on:

  • Establishing conditions for a sustainable production of jet-fuel from microalgae in Malaysia.
  • Dedicating specific efforts on some hard points such as algae strain selection, oil extraction and oil conversion.
  • Keeping in mind and exploring Malaysian opportunities such as local strains and specific waste water (Palm Oil Mill Effluent).
  • Improving the global production chain, through follow-up of the technical, environmental and economical balances of the microalgae pathway.

Status: Projects and partners have been selected to tackle with these objectives.