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Gevo enters into sustainable aviation fuel supply deal with Air TOTAL International

US-based advanced renewable fuel and biochemical manufacturer and platform technology developer Gevo, Inc. has announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with France-headed aviation fuel producer and distributer Air TOTAL International SA (Air TOTAL) to produce and supply sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) for use and distribution in France and other parts of Europe.

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

Gevo’s commercial bio-based isobutanol plant in Luverne, Minnesota has been ISCC Plus certified (photo courtesy Gevo).

Air TOTAL specializes in the manufacturing and marketing of jet fuel and aviation gasoline for over 60 years and supplies the commercial, business and general aviation sectors at more than 300 airports in 72 countries on five continents.

According to Gevo, with the finalization of this new supply contract, Gevo will initially supply Air Total sustainable aviation fuel from its US facility in Silsbee, Texas (TX)  and later from Gevo’s expanded Luverne plant in Minnesota (MN) which is expected to be constructed over the next several years.

We are pleased to work with Air TOTAL as they join the crusade to decarbonize aviation fuel in France and other parts of Europe. This agreement with Air TOTAL is a crucial first step as we ramp up supply to the environmentally-conscious EU aviation sector, said Timothy J. Cesarek, CCO of Gevo.

Isobutanol to biojet fuel

Gevo fractionates grain to produce protein and animal feed while using the residual carbohydrate portion of the grain for fermentation to produce the intermediate biochemical isobutanol. The isobutanol is then chemically transformed using a hydrocarbon processing facility into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) meeting ASTM D7566 – Standard Specification for Aviation Turbine Fuel Containing Synthesized Hydrocarbons.

The SAF made by this process has very low sulfur, low particulates, and slightly higher energy density than petroleum-based jet fuel. For every (US) gallon (≈ 3.785 litres) of SAF produced, Gevo also produces approximately 10 pounds (≈ 4.54 kg) of protein that goes into the food supply chain and can sequester up to 2 pounds (≈ o.9 kg)of carbon dioxide (CO2) as carbon into the soil.

This makes Gevo’s biojet fuel one of the only renewable jet fuels to produce both food and fuel while sequestering carbon dioxide and lowering the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as compared to traditional fossil-based jet fuel.

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