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Biofuels prepare for take-off

Australia’s Brisbane Airport will supply carriers with biofuels they can blend with traditional jet fuel on flights from 2018.

Gevo confirmed this week it expects to provide its alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to the Virgin Australia Group, which will incorporate it into the fuel supply system at Brisbane Airport. Gevo hit the headlines last November when the first commercial flight using its ATJ was used in an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

And now the Queensland government is backing this new initiative at Brisbane Airport as it is aligned with the State’s ambition to develop its own ‘renewable jet fuel production industry’.

“We are excited to work in partnership with Virgin Australia, the Queensland government and the Brisbane Airport Corporation to enable flights out of the Brisbane Airport using our ATJ. We believe Queensland offers huge potential for low-cost, biomass-based feedstocks to produce biofuels. When I visited Queensland last year for the Biofutures Industry Forum, I discovered the depth and diversity of its agriculture sector. It really opened our eyes to Queensland’s potential for sustainable aviation fuels based on Gevo’s ATJ technology,” added Dr. Patrick Gruber, Gevo’s Chief Executive Officer.

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