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First commercial flight on synthetic aviation fuel carried out by Shell and KLM in Netherlands

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February 09, 2021
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The announcement was made during an international conference on synthetic sustainable aviation fuels (SAF), which also saw the birth of a new startup called Synkero for a commercial-scale synthetic fuels plant at the Port of Amsterdam. In 2020, Shell produced 500 L of synthetic jet fuel from green hydrogen and CO2 captured from flue gases – the fuel was used in a KLM flight last month, marking the first time an e-fuel was used in a passenger plane. Shell did not announce any formal intentions of building a commercial-scale plant yet, but its large investments in green hydrogen projects suggest it will likely do so in the near future.

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