Alternative jet fuel process receives approval


The final approval by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International) of the FT-SPK jet fuel blend will help pave the way for the approval of additional renewable fuels, such as Bio-SPKs, which use other technologies aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the aviation sector and improving energy security. FTS-SPK is the blending of jet fuel blended with synthetic paraffinic kerosene from the Fischer-Tropsch process and marks a critical step on the path to everyday use of alternative jet fuel by commercial, private, and military aviation.

“AIA [Aerospace Industries Association]is very pleased at the speedy approval of this new jet fuel blend by ASTM,” said AIA president and CEO Marion Blakey. “This is another step forward in our industry’s efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and secure energy independence.”

The conclusion of ASTM’s approval process allows synthetic paraffinic kerosene from the Fischer-Tropsch process (FT-SPK) to be blended with conventional fuels and used in place of purely crude-oil derived jet fuels. Publication of the new specification is expected in the coming weeks.

AIA has long supported the development of alternative aviation fuels and is a founding member of the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, a government-industry partnership working toward the development of cleaner, more affordable fuel options.