Gevo tech to be used in making of jet fuel from forest waste
US biofuels maker Gevo Inc's (NASDAQ:GEVO) fermentation technology will be used to produce renewable jet fuel from forest residuals for a demonstration flight planned by Alaska Airlines.
Gevo has made a breakthrough to its fermentation technology thanks to which it will be able to produce isobutanol from cellulosic feedstocks such as wood waste, it said Thursday. Then the isobutanol will be converted into Gevo's alcohol-to-jet-synthetic paraffinic kerosene (ATJ-SPK) fuel.
Alaska Airlines plans to fly in 2016 a demonstration flight using 1,000 gallons (3785 litres) of renewable jet fuel as part of a partnership with the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA). Gevo is one of the 22 member organisations of NARA. The alliance aims to facilitate the development of biojet and bioproduct industries in the Pacific Northwest using forest residuals.
Gevo's isobutanol and ATJ-SPK technologies are both planned to be licensed by NARA as part of the project, the company noted.
NARA is five-year programme backed by the US Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.