Moving towards the future: Alternative fuels

In order to significantly reduce its short-term CO2, sustainable fuels are necessary for aviation, as well as fleet renewal and more efficient flight operations. SkyNRG, in close cooperation with KLM, is building a special refinery for sustainable jet fuel in Delfzijl to increase production. The plant will produce 100,000 tons of sustainable fuel from 2022, and a by-product of 15,000 tons of sustainable propane per year.

Synthetic biofuels are another alternative fuel source. This is currently being investigated at Rotterdam The Hague Airport. The developments concerning electric flying are also not at a stand-still; several electric planes for 2-4 people are already in the air!

Biofuels

KLM airlines is already using biofuels. SkyNRG is building Europe’s first sustainable fuel plant in in Delfzijl to further increase the production of biofuels – and Schiphol is investing in this factory. If the plant starts production, KLM will purchase 75,000 tonnes of sustainable fuel per year for the first 10 years.

Synthetic kerosene

The use of synthetic ¬– as well as biokerosenes – are important steps towards aviation becoming CO2-neutral. Research is currently being carried out into this at Rotterdam The Hague Airport, (part of Royal Schiphol Group) about sustainable fuel made from CO2, water and electricity. Ultimately, the study should lead to the construction of a small installation at the airport site of Rotterdam The Hague Airport.

Electric aircraft as an alternative

There are manufacturers who are opening up the aircraft market to electric planes, similar to how Tesla awakened the electric car market. There are various parties who are investigating the viability of electric flights, whether positive or negative. Electric planes for 2-4 people already exist. However, we expect electric planes that can fly for up to 1000km with 100 people on-board by 2030-35. Electric aircraft are also cheaper than their fossil-fuel-powered equivalents, making them interesting to flying schools.