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ACRP 02-36 [Final]

Assessing Opportunities for Alternative Fuel Distribution Programs

  Project Data
Funds: $400,000
Research Agency: Metron Aviation
Principal Investigator: Dr. Bruno Miller
Effective Date: 6/7/2011
Completion Date: 12/6/2012


Increasingly, airports and their tenants are examining the potential to introduce alternative fuels, including alternative jet fuel, at their facilities. Airports, however, may lack the information and analytical tools to evaluate the business case for implementing alternative fuels distribution programs. Many projects are under consideration around the country for production of alternative jet fuels. For example, there is an ongoing effort to bring alternative jet fuel production and distribution to the northwest region (see Special Note A).  The production of alternative jet fuel results in a variety of co-products such as renewable diesel, which raises an additional desire to find markets for these co-products of alternative jet fuel production.  Given the concentrated demand for fuel product at or near airports, airports may have the potential to become distribution centers for the co-products of alternative jet fuel production as well as other alternative fuels. Optimizing the potential for alternative fuel use from a broad business view can offer airports a new sustainable business and environmental opportunity, can promote aviation growth, and can create jobs at airports and in the region.

The objective of this research is to develop a guidebook for airports to introduce and market alternative fuels to their airport community that includes tenants and consumers off airport.  This guidebook will include a description of the steps necessary to evaluate opportunities and constraints for program delivery and will include a toolkit that enables airport decision makers to evaluate all of the elements necessary to implement an alternative fuels marketing and distribution program.  


The research is completed and has been published as Report 83.  Backgound information on the reseach can be found on the Contractor's Final Report. 

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