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Gevo and Avfuel Partner to supply biojet fuel for the Business Jets Fuel Green Event at Van Nuys Airport

US-based advanced renewable fuel and biochemical platform technology developer Gevo, Inc. has announced that it is supplying its sustainable and renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation for use at the Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability event, scheduled for January 17, 2019, at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California.

Gevo's commercial bio-based Isobutanol plant in Luverne, Minnesota (photo courtesy Gevo).

Gevo’s commercial bio-based isobutanol plant in Luverne, Minnesota. Gevo is supplying its sustainable and renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to Avfuel Corporation for use at the Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability event, scheduled for January 17, 2019, at the Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Southern California (photo courtesy Gevo).

Organised by the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), the one-day Business Jets Fuel Green event is a first of a kind in the general and business aviation sector. According to Gevo, its marks Gevo and Avfuel’s entrance into the business jet sector with a drop-in alternative to fossil-based jet fuel.

The purpose of the event is to demonstrate that renewable jet fuel, including Gevo’s ATJ, can become a mainstream, drop-in alternative for today’s general aviation aircraft. Traditional petroleum-based jet fuel, blended with Gevo’s ATJ, will be available from Avfuel for use at the airport during the event, as operators fuel up and fly with Gevo’s sustainable product.

Over 210 000 aircraft

The general and business aviation space has committed to carbon neutrality from 2020 and beyond. Converting some of the approximate 2.4 billion gallons per year of jet fuel in North America to sustainable jet fuel is a key to this goal.

Advancing renewable jet fuel in the general aviation and business sector, Gevo and Avfuel announced in June 2018 collaboration to grow the use of Gevo’s ATJ with a multi-year supply agreement. Avfuel and Gevo will look to sell fuel to large corporations with corporate jets that want to lower their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and become better environmental stewards through the use of renewable jet fuel like Gevo’s ATJ.

There are more than 210 000 aircraft in the general and business aviation sector in the US alone. With more than 650 Avfuel-branded locations and 3,000-plus fueling locations, our partnership with Avfuel has allowed us to begin to effectively support this market and the market goals to achieve carbon neutrality from 2020 and beyond. This event demonstrates our partnership and mutual commitment with Avfuel to feed the world, sequester carbon dioxide and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, said Dr Patrick R. Gruber, CEO, Gevo.

Protein co-product

In addition to producing ATJ, Gevo’s production process produces protein for the animal feed market.  For every gallon of ATJ produced, Gevo also produces 10 pounds of protein and can sequester up to 2 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) as carbon into the soil, making it one of the only renewable jet fuels to produce both food and fuel while sequestering carbon dioxide and lowering the GHG emissions as compared to traditional fossil-based jet fuel.

Avfuel Corporation is committed to bringing truly sustainable and scalable alternative jet fuel to market. Gevo and Avfuel are leaders in this space and share a long-term commitment to lowering the overall carbon footprint of the industry, said Keith Sawyer, Manager of Alternative Fuels for Avfuel Corporation.

Van Nuys Airport ranks as one of the world’s busiest general aviation airports.  With more than 231 000 aircraft movements recorded in 2017, the Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability event is drawing support from corporate fleets, charter companies, government operators and others.

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