sustainable aviation fuel solutions
Aviation is widely regarded as one of the most difficult-to-decarbonize sectors of the world economy. Commercial aircraft have few options to decarbonize other than switching to another drop-in replacement sustainable aviation fuel.
ICF’s synthetic fuel plant will be located in Illinois, near Chicago.
ICF will produce large quantities of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (“SAF”) that will be sold at price parity with conventional jet fuel. ICF’s process is NOT a technology innovation. It is the aggregation and integration of a century-old process with modern engineering developments that allow for the use of biomass and municipal waste as feedstock. Our feedstock supply chain will consist of a decentralized network of many advanced Material Recovery Facilities (“MRFs”) designed to process raw Municipal Solid Waste (“MSW”) and recover energy and recyclable raw materials and energy. ICF is developing a portfolio of such projects in parallel with our synthetic fuel plant.
Our economic value add comes from the integration of four key technologies that work synergistically to minimize production cost and maximize environmental performance:
Density separation uses gravity, air jets, and vibration to separate heavy and light materials, and separate inerts such as rocks, dirt, sand, and glass. Optical sorters use high-tech cameras, AI, and air jets to separate, identify, and sort specific types of plastics (both for recycling and to eliminate potentially damaging elements such as chlorine from the fuel stream).
- Using waste as a feedstock reduces feedstock cost vs farmed biomass or fossil feedstocks. Cost-effectively sourcing biogenic carbon that would otherwise be a liability if landfilled.
- Efficient rail and/or barge supply chains aggregate the feedstock stream and affordably transport it for processing.
- Properly scaled, our synfuel plant design maximizes process efficiencies and reduces conversion costs.
- Carbon Capture & Sequestration (“CCS”) radically reduce the lifecycle carbon intensity of the fuel, which in combination with biogenic input carbon delivers a better-than-net-zero climate impact. It eliminates the climate impact of fuel production and uses AND facilitates the removal of excess CO2 from the atmosphere.
Every source of Sustainable Aviation Fuel that is currently on the market costs more to produce than conventional fuels. Working together, sustainable fuels production and municipal waste management can eliminate cost barriers and implement new advanced technologies, delivering unprecedented environmental and climate benefits in a way that is economically superior to landfilling, incineration, and conventional jet fuel production.