Alternative fuels

Supporting a cleaner, greener transportation industry through the application of science and technology.

Transforming waste and renewable gas into sustainable fuels

The development of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) is essential to reducing overall carbon emissions.

The UK aviation industry has committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. While lighter, more efficiently powered aircraft are being developed, current aircraft, which will remain in operation until the 2030s, need to be less reliant on unsustainable fossil fuels.

What's challenging about commercialising alternative fuel innovations?

Up to 70% of global emissions from the aviation industry can be reduced if fossil fuels are replaced by SAF derived from feedstocks that include waste. However, many of the existing solutions for SAF production, primarily developed in the USA, have not been compatible with the renewable feedstocks available in the UK.

How is CPI enabling alternative fuel solutions?

We're supporting the global push to replace fossil fuels with less carbon-intensive alternatives by harnessing our gas fermentation technology and expertise to help deliver more sustainable aviation fuel. At our world-leading facilities, we're exploring processes to capture waste industrial greenhouse and renewable gases, to transform them into aviation fuel that could contribute to a reduction of up to 70% in CO2 emissions across the fuel lifecycle.

Our current cross-sector collaborations will help prove this fuel's viability and explore the optimal route to bringing these fuels to market, establishing the UK as a significant innovator in the SAF space.

CPI's alternative fuel capabilities

Partnering with CPI provides you with access to a wealth of expertise and technologies that can support sustainable aviation fuel.

Unique gas fermentation

Process scale-up and scale-down

Pilot and demo scale fermentation

Modelling and simulation

Process engineering design

Downstream processing

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Stephen Oyston

Business Development Director, CPI

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