TOTAL, Innospec, Neste Oil, TU Munich and KIT – membership rises to 29 organizations
The initiative for alternative fuels in aviation founded in 2011 – aireg e.V. – is growing dynamically and is welcoming five new members to its ranks. From now on, aireg can rely on the competence and support of TOTAL Deutschland, Innospec Deutschland, Neste Oil, Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). These five companies and research institutions have joined aireg this March. After just half a year since its formation aireg is registering 29 member organizations.
Siegfried Knecht, Chairman of the aireg board: „This development is tremendous and exceeds all our expectations. The strong interest in aireg is sending a clear signal of the significance that is attributed to the development and promotion of alternative aviation fuels. aireg has established itself as the center of competence for alternative fuels from the get-go. We are just as pleased about the fact that government and members of parliament are turning toward ecologically and economically beneficial sustainable aviation fuels.“
aireg was established in September 2011 and, within its organization, is spanning the entire value chain of developing and promoting alternative fuels for aviation. Until 2025 aireg is aiming to set the necessary framework
- to achieve the blending of 10 percent alternative aviation fuel in Germany,
- to create at least one large-scale advanced biorefinery in Germany and
- to safeguard the supply of raw material for the production of alternative fuels.
Quick introduction to our new members
TOTAL Deutschland GmbH is one of the largest European oil companies and is supplying its customers with road and aviation fuels, lubricants, heating oil, liquified gas, bitumen and specialty products. Already in the 1980s TOTAL has started working on the development and supply of alternative energies.
Innospec Deutschland GmbH is part of an American specialty chemicals company with 850 employees in over 20 countries and an annual turnover of $754 million. Innospec is producing and supplying fuel additives that are increasing fuel performance, contributing to the durability of propulsion systems and reducing harmful emissions.
Neste Oil, is a Finnish refining and marketing company concentrating on low-emission, high-quality traffic fuels. The company produces a comprehensive range of major petroleum products and is the world’s leading supplier of renewable diesel. Neste Oil has around 5,000 employees and generated net sales of € 15.4 billion in 2011. With its biorefineries in Finland, Singapore, and the Netherlands producing NExBTL renewable fuels, Neste Oil is the leading producer of alternative aviation fuel.
The Faculty of Chemistry of the Technical University Munich (TUM) is ranking as the number one among German universities. According to the international Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) the faculty is also the number 13 in the world. Prof. Dr. Thomas Brück, who is representing TUM in aireg, is focused on the biocatalytic transformation of biological waste as well as the isolation and optimization of microalgae.
The scientists of 140 research institutions are building the network of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). In its Renewable Energies Program KIT covers research and development for the use of biomass as chemical energy carrier in the form of gaseous or liquid fuels.