Lhyfe and SAF+ join forces to decarbonise aviation with e-SAF

Green hydrogen company Lhyfe will work alongside SAF+ International Group (SAF+) to explore the potential for producing electro sustainable aviation fuel (e-SAF) from green and renewable hydrogen.

Having signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU), the partners are aiming for a facility in the port region of Le Havre, France, where Lhyfe would build a green hydrogen production site with a capacity of more than 100 tonnes per day (300 megawatt). 

The green hydrogen will be used as feedstock to supply an e-SAF production site that SAF+ is planning to build as part of an industrial complex connected to the hydrocarbon transport network.

This network will transport e-SAF from Le Havre to airports in the Paris region, in addition to other areas in northern and eastern France via the existing infrastructure.

“Through this ambitious agreement with SAF+, we are demonstrating our determination to help decarbonise not only industry and road transport, but also air transport, which in 2020 accounted for 2.9% of global CO2 emissions,” said Matthieu Guesne, Founder and CEO of Lhyfe.

“Green and renewable hydrogen is now a mature solution that has established itself as one of the pillars of decarbonisation. It can and must now be deployed as quickly as possible, including in the aviation industry.”

What is e-SAF? 

SAF extends to a broad category of non-fossil jet fuels made from sustainable resources such as waste oils from biological origin, agriculture residues or non-fossil carbon dioxide (CO2).

e-SAF is a specific type of SAF produced through processes that involve the electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen. This hydrogen is then combined with captured CO2 to produce hydrocarbon fuels, referred to as Power-to-Liquid (PtL).

The carbon neutrality of e-SAF hinges on the use of renewable energy in its production process and the effective capture of CO2.

In July last year SAF+ signed an agreement with Air France-KLM Group for the supply of second-generation e-SAF, with the first deliveries scheduled for 2030.

“Demand for SAF in the coming years will be exponential, so we now need to be able to demonstrate that viable solutions will be put in place in the short term,” commented Jean Paquin, CEO of SAF+.

In November last year, Virgin Atlantic successfully took part in the world’s first 100% SAF-fuelled passenger jet flight.

Read more:Green skies ahead as Virgin Atlantic takes part in 100% SAF-fuelled flight

The fuel being used on the so-called Flight100 was a blend of 88% HEFA (hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids) made from waste fats and 12% SAK (synthetic aromatic kerosene) made from plant sugars.

Despite the uptick in SAF production globally over the past several years, growing to an estimated 300 million litres in 2022 from 38 million litres in 2019, DBRS Morningstar revealed that a ‘significant further ramp-up’ is required to achieve SAF targets of up to 10% set by some major economies by 2030.

According to Lhyfe, the partners are aiming for a market launch by 2030, to align with market expectations and the zero-emission targets set for 2050.

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