29 April 2024
by Sarah Morgan

UK launches Clearing House for sustainable aviation fuel

The UK sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) Clearing House launches to provide advice to fuel producers.

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The University of Sheffield and the Energy Institute will lead the launch of the Clearing House, with support from the environmental consultancy Ricardo plc and will be funded by the UK Department of Transport.

The facility is now accepting applications from fuel producers for technical support and funding towards the development, testing and qualification of sustainable aviation fuels. 

The UK SAF Clearing House will provide advice to fuel producers on testing, signpost them towards testing facilities and support the qualification of SAFs to help overcome barriers in meeting strict performance standards and in rigorous testing for use in aircraft.

For key clients, including fuel producers, aerospace original equipment manufacturers, airlines and airports, the UK SAF Clearing House is a free-at-the-point-of-use service that will support fuel producers.

It will work in collaboration with other international clearing houses and coordinate a programme of fuel qualification with the support of original equipment manufacturers. 

Now open to applications, the UK SAF Clearing House is calling for any stakeholders, primarily fuel producers, to reach out via its website or the contact email for any queries in relation to the development, testing and qualification of SAFs.

Professor Chris Lewis from the University of Sheffield, Director of UK SAF Clearing House, says, ‘It is great to see there is now a lot of activity in the development of SAF, however the increase in a diverse range of raw materials and processes means a major shift in the industry, which is both an opportunity to reduce aviation emissions and presents a challenge to get these increasingly diverse SAF products to market.’

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