Long history in renewables
Neste has a long history in the development of renewable products. The development already began in 1996, when the first patent application for Neste’s production technology for renewable diesel, NEXBTL, was made. Neste established the first patent application for renewable jet fuel in 2008 and already two years ago it was approved for commercial use. Today Neste is the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel globally.
The first commercial flight fueled by Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel™ was made in 2011. Lufthansa and Neste tested the fuel in 1,187 scheduled flights between Frankfurt and Hamburg and also in one intercontinental flight between Frankfurt and Washington D.C. in 2012. Fuel quality, aircraft performance, engine status, and fuel storability were systematically studied during the flights by the pilots and cabin staff of the aircraft, as well as ground-based maintenance personnel.
Excellent engine performance
A Lufthansa test showed that Neste MY Renewable Jet Fuel™ reduced CO2 emissions by a total of 1,500 tons for the flights concerned, and that the fuel consumption was 1% lower overall compared to fossil jet fuel. The aircraft and engines performed excellently and the condition of the combustion chambers, turbines, and fuel systems of the engines has been exemplary both during and at the end of the trials. No sign of damage or corrosion has been detected in the aircrafts’ fuel tanks, and longer-term storage has had no negative impact on fuel quality.
Award winning fuel
Neste together with Dutch partners won a Sustainable Bio Award for their work on sustainable aviation biofuel. The joint initiative, Bioport for jet fuels in the Netherlands, between Neste Oil and its Dutch partners received a Sustainable Bio Award in Amsterdam on 5 March. Launched in November 2013, the initiative was designed to promote the deployment of sustainably produced biofuels in the aviation sector.