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World Fuel to supply Gevo’s ATJ fuel for first-of-its-kind European demo event

US-based advanced biofuels and process developer Gevo, Inc., has announced that it is supplying its sustainable and renewable alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ) to global energy management company World Fuel Services Corporation, for use in business jets at the first ever European Fueling the Future: SAJF demonstration to be held at TAG Farnborough Airport in the United Kingdom (UK).

TAG Farnborough Airport in the UK is an award-winning private complete portfolio business aviation service provider – fixed base operator (FBO) – belonging to Switzerland-headed TAG Aviation  (photo courtesy TAG Aviation).

Located southwest of London, UK, TAG Farnborough Airport is an award-winning private complete portfolio business aviation service provider – fixed base operator (FBO) – belonging to Switzerland-headed TAG Aviation and is the location for first ever European Fueling the Future: Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel (SAJF) demonstration.

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, World Fuel Services is a global energy management company involved in providing energy procurement advisory services, supply fulfillment and transaction and payment management solutions to commercial and industrial customers, principally in the aviation, marine, and land transportation industries. World Fuel Services sells fuel and delivers services to its clients at more than 8 000 locations in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide

Entrance into Europe

Although World Fuel has delivered nearly 17 000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to business aviation and over 440 000 tons to commercial customers since 2015, this event is a first of a kind in the general and business aviation sector in Europe marking Gevo and World Fuel’s entrance into a drop-in alternative to today’s 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. JET A1, blended with Gevo’s ATJ, that meet ASTM D1655 and DefStan 91-091 standards will be available from World Fuel for use at the Farnborough during the event, for operators to fuel up and fly with Gevo’s sustainable product.

I like our collaboration with World Fuel, as it has allowed us to begin to effectively support the European market and the aviation market goals to achieve carbon neutrality from 2020 and beyond. Done right, like we are intending, we believe that decarbonizing transportation fuels can lead to a better food supply chain and better agricultural systems.  This alliance with World Fuel helps bring awareness of this fact to new European customers, said Dr Patrick R. Gruber, CEO, Gevo.

In addition to producing ATJ, Gevo’s production process produces protein to the animal feed market. For every gallon of ATJ produced, Gevo also produces approximately 5 kgs of protein and can sequester up to 1 kg 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 CO2 and lowering greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as compared to traditional fossil-based jet fuel.

We were an early supporter of alternative fuel technology, and now an industry leader in the promotion and distribution of SAJF. We invested early and continue our full support on SAJF to reduce CO2 emissions. While SAJF is new to business aviation, we all have a responsibility to help drive its acceptance and utilization. Working with Gevo’s ATJ to reduced emissions and lower carbon emissions for our customers, while building knowledge and confidence with this fuel, which meets all industry standards, said Mike Szczechowski at World Fuel Services.

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