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Pacific Northwest. In addition to producing
1,080 gallons of biofuel used for the flight,
other key tasks of the project included
evaluating the economic, environmental,
and societal benefits and impacts associated
with harvesting unused forest residuals for
biofuel production.
The NARA initiative was made possible by
a $39.6 million grant from the National
Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to
support research on biofuels and biochemi-
cals, foster regional supply chain coalitions,
empower rural economic development and
educate the public on the benefits of
¡°Today is a tribute to all of our NARA part-
ners, and especially to NIFA who supported
our mission to facilitate the revolutionary
development of biojet and bioproduct indus-
tries in the Pacific Northwest using forest
residuals that would otherwise become
waste products,¡± said Ralph Cavalieri, NARA
executive director. ¡°We are proud of every
one of the partners and stakeholders ¨C from
forest managers to Gevo and Alaska Airlines - who have laid the foundations
for a renewable fuel economy that will keep skies
clear and healthy with the potential to bolster eco-
nomically challenged timber-based rural communities
in our region.¡±
Gevo, Inc., a NARA partner, successfully adapted its
patented technologies to convert cellulosic sugars
derived from wood waste into renewable isobutanol,
which was then further converted into Gevo¡¯s (ATJ)
Alcohol-to-Jet fuel. Believed to be the world¡¯s first
alternative jet fuel produced from wood, the fuel
meets international ASTM standards allowing it to be
used safely for today¡¯s commercial flight.
The road to commercial
¡°This first of its kind flight demonstrates Gevo¡¯s com- isobutanol begins in
mitment and ability to convert a wide range of sugar
Gevo¡¯s laboratories
feedstocks into drop-in renewable fuels. We are
in Englewood, CO.
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.¡± (continued on page 3>>)
First Wood-to-Jet-Fuel Commercial Flight
Proves cellulosic sugars from wood can be used to make commercial jet fuel
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Alaska Airlines makes historic forest-
powered flight to Washington, D.C.
using first of its kind renewable biofuel
made from residual wood
SEATTLE: On Nov 14, 2016, Washington
state-based Alaska Airlines made history
flying the first commercial flight using the
world¡¯s first renewable, alternative jet fuel
made from forest residuals, the limbs and
branches that remain after the harvesting of
managed forests. The alternative jet fuel was
produced through the efforts of the Washing-
ton State University-led Northwest Advanced
Renewables Alliance (NARA).
The demonstration flight departed Seattle-
Tacoma International Airport early in the
morning for Reagan National Airport in Wash-
ington, D.C. The flight was fueled with a 20
percent blend of sustainable aviation biofuel,
which is chemically indistinguishable from
regular jet A fuel. The flight, the first com-
mercial passenger flight of its kind, continues
to advance viable alternatives to conventional
fossil fuels for aviation.
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¡°This latest milestone in Alaska¡¯s efforts to promote sustainable biofuels is
especially exciting since it is uniquely sourced from the forest residuals in
the Pacific Northwest,¡± said Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines¡¯ senior vice presi-
dent of communications and external relations. ¡°NARA¡¯s accomplishments
and the investment of the U.S. Department of Agriculture provide another
key in helping Alaska Airlines and the aviation industry reduce its carbon
footprint and dependency on fossil fuels.¡±
While the 1,080 gallons of biofuel used on the flight has a minimal impact
to Alaska Airlines¡¯ overall greenhouse gas emissions, if the airline were
able to replace 20 percent of its entire fuel supply at Sea-Tac Airport, it
would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 142,000 metric tons of
CO2. This is equivalent to taking approximately 30,000 passenger ve-
hicles off the road for one year.
NARA is a five-year project that launched in 2011 and is comprised of 32
member organizations from industry, academia and government laborato-
ries. Today¡¯s flight represents its efforts to develop alternative jet fuel de-
rived from post-harvest forestry material that is often burned after timber
harvest. The forest residual feedstock used to power Alaska Airlines Flight
4 was sourced from tribal lands and private forestry operations in the
Swissport fuel manager Jarid Svraka fuels an Alaska Airlines
flight powered with a 20 percent blend of biofuel made from
forest residuals in Sea-Tac Washington on Nov 14, 2016.