December 11 (Renewables Now) - Jet engines provider GE Aviation, part of General Electric Co (NYSE:GE), has started jet engine combustor component testing with Gevo's renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ), the US biofuels firm said today.
The jet fuel being tested is comprised 100% of Gevo's ATJ. The trial is part of a programme of the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) programme, and is aimed at enabling greater displacement of petroleum-based jet fuel by bio-based alternative products.
"Efforts such as this one are expected to help accelerate the transition from petroleum-based fuels to more environmentally friendly ones," said Gurhan Andac, engineering leader, aviation fuels and additives at GE Aviation.
According to Gevo's chief executive Patrick Gruber the future is to replace the whole barrel of oil with bio-based hydrocarbons.
The biofuels firm says its ATJ has the potential to improve performance by providing greater energy density which translates into better mileage.