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Renewables-fuelled Washington flight takes off


The first commercial flight using Gevo’s innovative renewable jet fuel will take off from Seattle today.

Gevo’s cellulosic renewable alcohol to jet fuel (ATJ) is being used in an Alaska Airlines flight headed for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

The company announced last month it had produced the ‘world’s first cellulosic renewable jet fuel that is specified for commercial flights’ from wood waste which is converted into its ATJ.

The cellulosic ATJ was produced in conjunction with the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA). The process saw NARA supply sugars derived from forest residuals in the Pacific Northwest. Gevo the produced the cellulosic renewable isobutanol in Missouri. The cellulosic renewable isobutanol was then transported to Gevo’s biorefinery facility in Texas, where the cellulosic renewable isobutanol was converted into ATJ.

“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.  We congratulate all of our fellow NARA partners and thank the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, for its unwavering support in the pursuit of renewable jet fuel.  I also thank Alaska Airlines, who continues to be a great partner,” said Pat Gruber, Gevo’s Chief Executive Officer.


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