Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment
Researchers from 22 organizations are working on a NIFA-funded AFRI-CAP grant, the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), one of seven regional bioenergy CAP grants, to convert wood waste to renewable aviation fuel. Wood waste includes logging residues that would otherwise end up in landﬁlls. Their industrial partner, Gevo, adapted their Integrated Fermentation Technology and hydrocarbon technology to successfully convert the waste wood cellulosic sugars to Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet-fuel product. NARA’s airline partner, Alaska Airlines, plans to ﬂy a demonstration ﬂight using 1,000 gallons of alternative biofuel, once the fuel receives ASTM certiﬁcation. Sustainable biofuels are critical in helping the airline industry reduce its carbon footprint and break our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.
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