‘Drop-in’ alternatives to fossil fuels are the best way of addressing the drive for ‘zero carbon’, despite much-vaunted rival new technologies, claim sustainable aviation fuel proponents.
Alternative new, ‘clean’ power sources have their proponents, notably ‘green’ and ‘blue’ hydrogen and electricity. None, though, promise a solution as relatively quick and easy to adopt as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).
Hydrogen-based technology for aviation is still in its infancy and has its critics. ‘Green’ hydrogen – the only truly ‘clean’ version – is produced by electrolysis, splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, and requires a zero-carbon power source such as solar energy to be truly green. ‘Blue’ hydrogen, produced by splitting natural gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide (which is then captured) is a less ideal fuel.
Avation PLC (LON:AVAP) is a commercial passenger aircraft leasing company owning a fleet of aircraft which it leases to airlines across the world. Avation’s future focus are new technology low CO2 emission aircraft.