United Airways Ventures (UAV) and Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV) introduced a collaboration with Houston-based biotech agency Cemvita Manufacturing unit to commercialize the manufacturing of sustainable aviation gas (SAF) meant to be developed by means of a brand new course of utilizing carbon dioxide and artificial microbes. UAV additionally introduced an fairness funding in Cemvita Manufacturing unit. OLCV, a subsidiary of Occidental (Oxy), is a founding investor in Cemvita Manufacturing unit.
Cemvita Manufacturing unit makes use of artificial biology to supply microbes that flip carbon dioxide into chemical compounds and different fuels, together with sustainable aviation gas.
United and OLCV have beforehand labored collectively on new approaches to fight local weather change. Collectively, UAV and OLCV will fund improvement work at Cemvita to transform carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons for SAF. If efficiency targets are achieved, UAV and OLCV plan to kind a three way partnership to commercialize the know-how. This contains funding tasks similar to pilot and demo crops, engineering research, financing building and working SAF crops.
Cemvita is now the third SAF-related know-how to obtain an funding from UAV. Launched in 2021, UAV targets startups, upcoming applied sciences, and sustainability ideas that may complement United’s objective of web zero emissions by 2050 with out counting on conventional carbon offsets.
United has pursued strategic investments in SAF producers and applied sciences together with carbon seize, hydrogen-electric engines, electrical regional plane, and concrete air mobility. SAF has the potential to ship the efficiency of petroleum-based jet gas however with a fraction of its carbon footprint on a lifecycle foundation.