Zero and Airbus partner to advance sustainable aviation fuel
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Zero and Airbus partner to advance sustainable aviation fuel

Zero Petroleum has taken a significant step towards revolutionising aviation fuel by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus. This strategic partnership aims to advance the development and commercial-scale adoption of synthetic sustainable aviation fuel (eSAF).

Known for securing the Guinness World Record for the first aircraft powered by synthetic fuel in 2021, Zero Petroleum and Airbus, which has successfully tested aircraft with 100% SAF, are combining their expertise. This collaboration underscores a shared commitment to achieving aviation’s 2050 Net-Zero goals. The joint efforts are expected to certify a new technology pathway for everyday eSAF use in aviation.

Synthetic SAF production

Zero Petroleum’s synthetic SAF will be produced in a fully carbon-neutral process using air and water. This 100% drop-in fuel can power existing engines without modifications, addressing the unique challenges of the aviation sector, which is considered hard-to-abate. The energy density and operational compatibility of Zero’s eSAF make it a promising solution for the industry’s decarbonisation efforts.

Statements and targets

Paddy Lowe, CEO of Zero Petroleum, highlighted the potential impact: “By combining Airbus’ legacy of innovation with Zero’s proven, high-performance eSAF solution, we are well positioned to advance on the industry’s net zero decarbonisation targets faster than today.”

Airbus has ambitious targets, aiming for 15% SAF in its global fuel mix by the end of 2024 and at least 30% by 2030. These targets are part of a broader strategy to enhance the regulatory environment and build a robust supply chain for SAF. Compared to fossil fuels, SAF can reduce fossil CO2 emissions by 80% on average over the fuel’s lifecycle, with eSAF offering up to a 99% reduction.

About Zero Petroleum

Zero Petroleum develops and manufactures synthetic non-biological fuels through a fossil-free process using carbon dioxide from the air and hydrogen from water. The company’s proprietary DirectFT® fuel synthesis process ensures high fuel quality and production efficiency. Zero Petroleum recently opened the world’s first fully featured synthetic fuel plant, Plant Zero.1, near Oxford, UK, and plans to commence production at a commercial-scale plant in 2026.