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The Global Energy Prize laureate: Russia can start production of aviation biofuels in 2-3 years

According to the 2016 Global Energy Prize laureate, scientific director of the SB RAS Institute of Catalysis, Academician Valentin Parmon, Russia can start production of organic fuels for aviation (jet fuels) that will be in great demand in the nearest future in just two to three years provided there is a political decision for that.

Note that countries that have signed the Kyoto Protocol, are currently trying to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere by using jet fuels containing components manufactured from plant raw materials. However, according to the scientist, there are no sufficient efforts in Russia for production of organic jet fuel.

“According to my information, about 1 million tons of aviation biofuels are produced in the world per year. There are some facts already that there will be international standards for aviation kerosene with mandatory bio-compounds. Our passenger fleet consists of foreign jets. Provided these new standards will be introduced, our passenger fleet will face denial of service while using Russian kerosene. And aircrafts arriving in Russia will require to be run on bio jet fuel”, - said Parmon. The Global Energy Prize laureate underlined that this is a problem that should be addressed nowadays. Otherwise, Russia will face serious challenge when new standards for aviation biofuel will be introduced.

“The funny part is that “camelina field grass” - the plant whose oil goes to Finland for the production of organic jet fuel - grows on tens of thousands of hectares of the North-West Federal District. Our institute has done some work; we have a department dealing with the processing of biological materials. We could solve this problem quickly, but it is primarily a political issue. If you go to the production of millions of tons, it is very expensive; we need industrial testing and so on. But as for pilot demonstration plants and, most importantly, the catalysts on which we are working – we have this already. I think two or three years would be enough to start producing aviation biofuel”, - concluded the scientist.

Recall that Valentin Parmon was selected the 2016 Global Energy Prize laureate for a breakthrough development of new catalysts in the area of petroleum refining and the renewable sources of energy as a principal contribution into the energy of the future. He will be awarded in June 2016 within the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum. Siberian scientist will get a golden medal and a serious endowment sum - RUB 39 million - from the President of Russia.

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