|11 October 2016|

USA

The world’s first commercial jet fuel from cellulosic renewable sources has been produced.

Gevo announced today that it has successfully adapted its patented technologies to convert cellulosic sugars derived from wood waste into renewable isobutanol, which was then further converted into Gevo’s Alcohol-to-Jet fuel (ATJ) fuel.

The first commercial flight using this cellulosic jet fuel will be flown by Alaska Airlines this year – and Gevo believes it will be the first ever commercial flight flown with a cellulosic renewable jet fuel.

“I have long championed the development of commercial jet fuel made from renewable sources. It was what we first envisioned when the Virgin Green Fund invested in Gevo with the aim of developing fuel from cellulosic materials such as wood waste. I am very pleased the first commercial flight using Gevo’s cellulosic jet fuel is to be flown soon by Alaska Airlines, as we look to move the aviation industry towards a renewable future,” said Sir Richard Branson.

Dr Patrick Gruber, Gevo’s Chief Executive Officer said:“Gevo’s production of this cellulosic ATJ removes all doubt that cellulosic sugars can be successfully converted into isobutanol using Gevo’s technology. Gevo’s ATJ technology then reliably converts isobutanol into renewable jet fuel, regardless of the sugar source.  I’m looking forward to seeing this fuel power an Alaska Airlines flight in the near future.”