IHI Group and Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. have initiated an investigation to integrate microalgae-based bio jet fuel into the airline fuel supply chain.
IHI Group began working on bio jet fuel production in conjunction with Kobe University and the New Energy Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in 2017. Its work has centred around Botryococcus braunii, a strain of algae that features an exceptionally high growth rate and high hydrocarbon oil content, which researchers anticipate as a potential alternative to fossil derived oil.
With the new initiative, IHI Group will now work in collaboration with Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. to identify issues and countermeasures concerning actual integration of bio jet fuel into the jet fuel supply infrastructure, including shipping, mixing and fuelling; and the development of a blended fuel of neat bio jet derived from microalgae and Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K.’s petroleum-based jet fuel.