Twelve Starts Construction Of First US Commercial-Scale Plant For Producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel From CO2

Twelve Starts Construction Of First US Commercial-Scale Plant For Producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel From CO2 - Carbon Herald
Washington Governor Jay Inslee (second from left) speaks at the groundbreaking in Moses Lake today with Twelve co-founders (L-R) Etosha Cave, Chief Science Officer; Nicholas Flanders, Chief Executive Officer; and Kendra Kuhl, Chief Technology Officer. (Photo: Business Wire)

Twelve, the carbon transformation company, today broke ground on its commercial-scale E-Jet® sustainable aviation fuel production facility in Moses Lake, Washington.

E-Jet fuel is a sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) produced using Twelve’s revolutionary carbon transformation technology, which uses only renewable energy and water to transform CO 2 into critical chemicals, materials and fuels conventionally made from fossil fuels, and in partnership with Emerging Fuels Technology.

‘Twelve uses carbon transformation to address hard-to-abate emissions across a variety of industries and to enable a world made from air, not oil,’ said Twelve Co-Founder and CEO, Nicholas Flanders. ‘Our commercial-scale production of E-Jet fuel will allow the aviation sector to achieve fossil-free flights for the long haul.’

As a power-to-liquid SAF with up to 90% lower lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to conventional, petroleum-based jet fuel, E-Jet fuel meets the applicable ASTM International specifications and is a drop-in ready synthetic fuel that works seamlessly with existing aircraft and airport infrastructure.

It faces no real constraints on feedstock, thus offering the best viable long-term solution for addressing GHG and other emissions from the aviation sector.

The facility is expected to begin E-Jet fuel production in mid-2024 at a capacity of approximately five barrels per day (40,000 gallons per year), with plans to quickly increase production capacity. Construction of the facility will provide roughly 200 local jobs, and once operational it will provide additional, permanent clean energy jobs for Moses Lake and the surrounding area – further positioning the region as a leader in the aviation industry and the clean energy transition.

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‘We’re proud to welcome Twelve to Washington state,’ said Inslee. ‘By producing E-Jet fuel at scale, Twelve will boost our soaring aviation industry and our thriving clean energy economy.’

Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, and Shopify will be the first customers to receive products from the Moses Lake plant under existing agreements. Fuel produced from this production facility will be used in regular airline operations as part of a three-party agreement between Alaska, Microsoft, and Twelve – as part of each company’s commitment to decarbonize their operations.

‘At Alaska Airlines, we’re working hard across our operations to be the most fuel-efficient U.S. airline. We know that maturing the SAF market is a critical part of reaching our own and our industry’s long-term goal of net zero carbon emissions,’ said Ann Ardizzone, Vice President of Strategic Sourcing & Supply Chain, Alaska Airlines.

Read more: Carbon Startup Twelve Establishes First Industry-Scale CO2 Transformation Platform

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