Air travel is incredibly important to Hawaii. Not only is it fundamental to our economy, but it allows for remote islands such as ours to connect with the broader world. But aviation is a missing piece in our decarbonization efforts. I’m working on a new multi-stakeholder cooperative whose goal is to help with drawdown in general, and with decarbonizing air travel in particular.
Our plan is to develop a plant here on Oahu using the Air2Fuel technology created by Carbon Engineering, based in Squamish BC. We’ve initiated conversations with the major stakeholders — airlines, labor unions, regulators, land owners — and we’re projecting a launch in four years.
Electric aviation is probably 25 years out, so we’re projecting a 25-year lifetime for our plant.