Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop

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September 14, 2016 8:00AM EDT to September 15, 2016 1:00PM EDT

Macon Marriott City Center
240 Coliseum Drive, Macon, GA 31217801

The aviation industry faces significant challenges to maintain growth while enhancing environmental sustainability. Alternative energy systems such as batteries, fuel cells, and natural gas are options for on-road, off-road, and marine engine applications, but these alternative fuels are not yet practical for aviation. Biobased jet fuels present a tremendous opportunity to support a transition away from fossil fuels towards sustainably produced aviation fuel. On September 14–15, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) hosted the Alternative Aviation Fuel Workshop to advance the understanding of current technical barriers for increasing the competitiveness of aviation biofuels.

The workshop was organized into four parallel breakout sessions that focused on the following technical areas related to aviation biofuels from lignocellulosic biomass:

  • Economic and technical competitiveness
  • Fuel conversion and scale-up
  • Environmental sustainability and life-cycle benefits
  • Feedstock and product supply chains.

A summary of workshop findings was included in the report titled Alternative Aviation Fuels: Overview of Challenges, Opportunities, and Next Stepswhich also summarizes several recently published white papers and research findings on the topic of alternative aviation fuels. 

Note: This report summarizes the results of a public workshop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) in Macon, Georgia, On September 14–15, 2016. The views and opinions of the workshop attendees, as summarized in this document, do not necessarily reflect those of the United States government or any corresponding agency.


View presentations from the workshop.


Alternative aviation fuel workshop agenda.