A one-year contract up to $150,000 USD will be awarded to undertake techno-economic analysis and modeling of direct air capture to kerosene-based fuels. The submission deadline is 5:00 pm PST on September 23, 2020.
The expertise required for this project includes a deep understanding of transportation modeling, direct air capture and energy modeling, and techno-economic analysis. We therefore strongly encourage collaborations between expert groups.
Global jet fuel demand continues to increase and is forecasted to reach 406 million tons per year by 2035 (Royal Society, 2019). For the world to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and maintain a safe level of atmospheric CO2 thereafter, aviation — like all other sectors — must find a way to decarbonize.
Eighty percent of the global jet fuel demand is expected to come from sustainable fuel sources (ATAG). With the maturation and expansion of direct air capture (DAC) technologies in recent years, synthetic fuels produced from carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere are now emerging as a viable alternative to fossil fuels. The primary benefit of this production method is its drop-in capability and lower land-use demands compared to synthetic fuels from biological origin. However, more techno-economic research of direct air capture-to-fuel (DAC-fuel) is needed to better understand the pathways and conditions under which it would be a meaningful method to decarbonize long-haul aviation.
This project aims to address the research gap by adding to the currently limited literature on the full cost analysis of DAC to kerosene-based fuels.
Request for Proposals
ClimateWorks is issuing a call for proposals to better understand the role of DAC-fuel in aviation:
The authors may use this work as a basis for other academic publications.
We strongly encourage joint submissions from groups with different expertise, such as transport modeling with direct air capture. We also welcome groups to submit proposals that clarify their role within the partnership for matchmaking.
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Submission Open: September 1, 2020
Submission Closed: September 23, 2020
Submission Review: September 24 – October 2, 2020
Award Announcement: October 5, 2020