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Fly Green Day - eight airlines fuel up with biojet at Chicago O'Hare

US-based advanced renewable fuel and biochemical platform technology company, Gevo, Inc., has announced that its alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) derived from renewable isobutanol is being used by eight commercial airlines for Fly Green Day, sponsored by the O'Hare Fuel Committee, at Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD). This event is the first time renewable jet fuel has been supplied at Chicago O'Hare using the existing airport fueling infrastructure, such as pipelines, terminals and tankage.

To date, airlines and airports have generally relied on alternative means of supplying renewable jet fuel to the wing, usually trucking jet fuel on site for blending and fueling. For Fly Green Day (November 8), Air BP blended Gevo’s ATJ with regular fossil-based Jet A fuel, certified its quality and then supplied its customers through the airport’s main fuel hydrant system.

This is the first time we have supplied our customers with biojet produced from alcohol and demonstrates how we are working with multiple suppliers to build a leadership position in this area. We anticipate that through this promotion we will inspire more of our customers to use lower carbon fuels, said Air BP’s Chief Executive Officer Jon Platt.

Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) by night recently named the best connected US airport in the nation for 2017, according to a newly released report by OAG, the authority on air service information around the globe  (photo courtesy ORD).

We are excited to be a part of this project. This is the next stage in the development of our goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move forward with the full commercial deployment of renewable jet fuel, said Thorsten Luft, Vice President Corporate Fuel for Lufthansa AG.

The eight commercial airlines participating in the event are Lufthansa, United Airlines, Etihad, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Japan Airlines, Korean Air and Atlas Air.

This is a significant milestone as we continue to develop our ATJ platform. We fundamentally believe that our ATJ is one of the most cost competitive bio-based jet alternatives in the marketplace. Leveraging existing supply infrastructure should lower the full cost to serve our end customers. Jet fuel is one of Gevo’s core market segments and this represents the next step in building a profitable business from this market vertical, said Dr Patrick Gruber, Gevo’s Chief Executive Officer.

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