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Sustainable Aviation Fuels

How NWABF’s Process Works

Leftover wood and woody plant biomass is converted to produce sustainable jet kerosene that will be blended with petroleum commercial jet fuel. 

Process of Converting Woody Biomass to Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Woody biomass is organic matter from trees and plants. Tree and plant debris is used as an energy source. Energy comes from the sun through photosynthesis and is released when woody biomass is burned or decomposes.
Woody biomass is defined (by Forest and Rangelands) as the by-product of management, restoration, and hazardous jet kerosene reduction treatments, as well as the product of natural disasters, including trees and woody plants (limbs, tops, needles, leaves, and other woody parts, grown in a forest, woodland, or rangeland environment).

Collection of Bio-Mass

Wood scraps, sawdust, and forest debris are collected and prepared for conversion

Thermochemical Process

The prepared biomass goes through a thermochemical process and all forms of energy are collected to create a syngas

Syngas Cleaned

The syngas is cleaned and cracked to produce renewable kerosene (jet kerosene) also known as Sustainable Aviation Fuel

SAF is mixed with Jet Fuel
to reduce CO2 Emissions


The most important benefit of SAF is that it reduces carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 80 percent or greater. When a plant grows, it absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere. Combusting Petroleum Aviation Fuel releases CO2 back into the atmosphere. But when SAF is used as jet fuel, it releases only 20% or less of the CO2 back into the atmosphere, and the impact on our environment is significantly minimized.

NWABF’s world-class team of industry-leading technology companies partner together to manage front-end gasification, syngas cleaning, back-end Fischer-Tropsch technology, and fuel upgrading to premium renewable SAF. NWABF is also engaged with top-quality engineering and construction companies to design, construct, operate, and maintain the first-of-its-kind facility in Washington.

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