Last year will go down in history as the worst year ever for the aviation industry. Just how bad was 2020 for all aviation actors, and what may lie ahead in 2021?

Door Michiel Vlam

What are the thoughts of the industry?   ICAO’s assessment of the global impact of COVID‐19 on aviation, tourism, trade and economy in 2020: Air passenger traffic: An overall reduction of air passengers (both international and domestic) ranging from 60% in 2020 compared to 2019 (by ICAO) Airports: An estimated loss of approximately 64.2% of…

Exciting new development in the production of climate-neutral e-fuels

Door Michiel Vlam

Siemens Energy, together with Porsche and a lineup of international companies (the energy firm AME, the petroleum company ENAP from Chile and Italian energy company Enel), are developing and implementing a pilot project in Chile that is expected to yield the world’s first integrated, commercial, industrial-scale plant for making synthetic climate-neutral fuels (e-fuels). They expect…

Waste to Energy Gasification: The ultimate solution?

Door Michiel Vlam

Municipal solid waste (MSW) includes “trash” such as kitchen waste, electronics, light bulbs, plastics, used tires, old paint and yard waste.  In the U.S., Japan, and Europe, laws and regulations have significantly increased recycling and reuse of materials from MSW. However, despite significant increases in recycling and energy recovery in those areas, only about a…

Flying is a highly controversial topic in climate debates.

Door Michiel Vlam

Flying is a highly controversial topic in climate debates. Flying is a highly controversial topic in climate debates. There are a few reasons for this. The first is the disconnect between its role in our personal and collective carbon emissions. Air travel dominates a frequent traveler’s individual contribution to climate change. Yet aviation overall accounts…

EKOrosene initiative: aircraft fuel production from municipal solid waste streams

Door Michiel Vlam

ENADT is taking the initiative to develop a highly efficient MSW gasification plant with Fischer-Tropsch reactor coupling, which can be fed with MSW and recycle it into clean burning sustainable jetfuel (EKOrosene®) and other sustainable fuels reducing net greenhouse gases. Jet fuel consumption Aviation in Europe requires approximately 80,000,000 tonnes of jet fuel (kerosene) annually.…

Is there potential for ammonia as a carbon-free fuel for aviation?

Door Michiel Vlam

Are we looking in the right direction in the discussion about e-fuels for aviation? The search for alternative aviation fuels has become quite the challenge. One substitute fuel that could help reduce the aviation’s dependence on fossil kerosene is ammonia. Ammonia fuel is a variation of hydrogen fuel. It is a molecule composed of one…