Israel's Ben-Gurion University revolutionizes clean air travel with new aviation technology


This dynamic duo is poised to revolutionize the aviation industry with a novel method for producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), a critical weapon in the fight against climate change. 

Passenger and military jets produce a tremendous amount of pollution above the Earth. Countries can’t stop air traffic, but somehow, intense efforts must be invested in cleaning the atmosphere to slow climate change.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s technology-transfer company, BGN Technology representing the Blechner Center for Industrial Catalysis and Process Development at the university’s campus in Beersheba, and the Ralco Group have joined together in a “groundbreaking” joint venture. The quest for cleaner skies takes flight with the establishment of CarboNGV, a groundbreaking joint venture represented by BGN Technologies, the tech transfer company of Ben-Gurion University, and The Ralco Group.

This dynamic duo is poised to revolutionize the aviation industry with a novel method for producing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF), a critical weapon in the fight against climate change.

The Ralco Group, through its investment arm and as a part of its strategy to lead strategic initiatives in the synthetic fuel arena, is injecting $2.4 million into this venture, propelling a decade-long research project to new heights. The team’s intensive efforts have yielded a promising technology capable of producing SAF, and CarboNGV is ready to translate this potential into a tangible reality. By 2025, the first demonstration plant is expected to become operational, churning out SAF and paving the way for a more sustainable future for air travel.

SAF is the aviation industry’s hero, slashing carbon emissions and aligning with the ambitious goal of achieving net zero by 2050. The European Commission is leading the charge with its “Fit for 55” legislative package that includes a blending mandate for aviation fuel suppliers. This mandate will become effective in 2025, starting with a modest 2% SAF blend, gradually ascending to a commanding 70% by 2050.

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