Repsol produces biofuel for aircraft for the first time

The Spanish oil company will also develop alternatives that will make it possible to obtain aircraft fuel from waste, advancing its commitment to being a company with zero net CO2 emissions in 2050.

Repsol produced the first batch of 'biojet' (biofuel) on the Spanish market at the Industrial Complex in Puertollano, becoming a pioneer in the manufacture of this sustainable aviation fuel.

“The first batch has seven thousand tons of aviation fuel with a biological component, the use of which will prevent the emission of 440 tons of CO2 [carbon dioxide] into the atmosphere, the equivalent of 40 flights between Madrid and Barcelona”, the Spanish oil company says. , adding that the “'biojet' produced has passed the demanding tests established for this type of product and its manufacture will be extended to other Repsol facilities in Spain”.

"The company will also develop alternatives that will enable aircraft fuel to be obtained from waste," the company said, adding that "Repsol is moving forward with its commitment to being a company with zero net emissions in 2050."

According to those responsible for the oil company, “the production of 'biojet' was carried out at the Repsol Industrial Complex in Puertollano (Ciudad Real) and will continue with the production of more aviation biofuel lots at other group industrial complexes in Spain, including initiatives in that biofuels are obtained from waste. ”

“The first batch, made from biomass, consists of 7.000 tons of aviation fuel - the equivalent of consuming 100 flights between Madrid and Los Angeles - and passed the demanding tests required for these products. It has a biological content of less than 5% to meet the quality requirements established by international specifications and its use will prevent the emission of 440 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, the equivalent of 40 Madrid-Barcelona flights ”, explains the said statement.

Repsol adds that, “in Spain, the 'National Integrated Energy and Climate Plan' recognizes that biofuels are currently the most widely available renewable technology and used in transport”.

“For aviation, the 'biojet', obtained from biomass or waste, is the only alternative today and is included in the list of sustainable fuels”, points out the statement from the oil company, adding that, “given the importance of biofuels to reduce emissions, Repsol started working a few years ago on different low carbon footprint solutions applied to transport ”.

“The promotion of biofuels, together with the generation of renewable electricity, synthetic fuels, green hydrogen, self-consumption and the circular economy, are some of the pillars of Repsol to reach the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050”, assumes the Spanish company.

“In the case of this 'biojet', tests were carried out to determine the most suitable raw material, in order to meet the demanding requirements of the 'Jet A1', in terms of low temperature behavior and additional quality controls. In addition, several tests were carried out to determine the most suitable concentration of biofuel ”, underlines the oil company.

Repsol officials recall that on December 2, the company announced that it was directing its strategy of being a company with zero net emissions in 2050, following the Paris Agreement, “becoming the first in the sector to assume this ambitious goal ”.

"The company will reduce its carbon intensity indicator by 3% this year, compared to the base in 2016, will reduce CO2 emissions in all businesses and significantly increase the capacity for renewable generation", guarantees the aforementioned statement, emphasizing that “Repsol focused on the circular economy as a tool for the efficient use of resources and stressed that it intends to double the production of high quality biofuels, from vegetable oils (HVO), to 600.000 tons per year in 2030, of which half will be produced before 2025 from waste ”.

Repsol has just announced that it will launch two major industrial decarbonization projects at the Petronor refinery in Bilbao.

“The first project consists of the construction of one of the largest power plants in the world for the production of fuels with zero net CO2 emissions and green hydrogen, generated with renewable energy. It will be a reference facility in Europe for its advanced technology and the use, as raw material, of the CO2 captured at the Petronor refinery. The second project is a gas generation plant from urban waste, which will replace part of the consumption of traditional fuels used in Petronor's production process ”, concludes the statement.

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