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Alaska Air

First-Ever Test Flight Powered by Wood Waste

Alaska AirGevo’s technology to make jet fuel from cellulosic wood waste will be used in demonstration flight sponsored by Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance and Alaska Airlines.

The company’s fermentation technology allows it to produce isobutanol from cellulosic feedstocks such as wood waste, which can then be converted into alcohol-to-jet fuel. This will be used in a 1,000-gallon renewable fuel demonstration test flight flown by Alasaka Airlines next year.

Gevo currently makes isobutanol from corn at it plant in Luverne, Minnesota, but its process has the flexibility to adapt to other feedstocks. The new process uses wood scraps that are left over from logging operations, providing a value-creating recycling opportunity for waste wood that is traditionally left in the forest, potentially becoming a forest fire hazard.

The company has previously announced the testing and use of its alcohol-to-jet fuel derived from its corn-based isobutanol in conjunction with major airline partners and the US military.

 

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