First commercial flight flies Gevo's cellulosic jet fuel

First commercial flight flies on Gevo's cellulosic jet fuel

11:37 AM, 16th November 2016
Alaska Airlines to Fly Today on Gevo’s Cellulosic Renewable Alcohol to Jet Fuel

ENGLEWOOD, US: Gevo Inc said that the first commercial flight using its cellulosic renewable alcohol to jet fuel (ATJ) has flown from Seattle and to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Earlier, the company announced the completion of the world’s first cellulosic renewable jet fuel production, that is specified for commercial flights. Gevo successfully adapted its patented technologies to convert cellulosic sugars derived from wood waste into renewable isobutanol, which was then further converted into its ATJ.

This ATJ meets the ASTM D7566 specification allowing it to be used for commercial flights. The cellulosic ATJ was produced jointly with the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA). NARA supplied the sugars that were derived from forest residuals in the Pacific Northwest. Gevo produced the cellulosic renewable isobutanol in St. Joseph, Missouri. The cellulosic renewable isobutanol was then transported to Gevo’s biorefinery facility in Silsbee, US, where the cellulosic renewable isobutanol was converted into ATJ.

This flight follows the two commercial flights that were flown by Alaska Airlines on Gevo’s ATJ in June of this year. The ATJ for the June flights was derived from isobutanol produced at the Gevo’s facility in Luverne, using sustainable corn as the sugar feedstock.

Gevo believes that its renewable ATJ has the potential to offer the most optimised operating cost, capital cost, low carbon potential, feedstock availability, scalability, and translation across geographies, as compared to other renewable jet fuel options.

“This first of its kind flight demonstrates Gevo’s commitment and ability to convert next generation cellulosic feedstocks into fungible hydrocarbons. We are pleased that we had the opportunity to prove, through the NARA project, that cellulosic sugars from wood can be used to successfully make commercial jet fuel,” said Pat Gruber, chief executive officer of Gevo.

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