Flight Powered by Wood Chips a First for Alaska Airlines

Flight Powered by Wood Chips a First for Alaska Airlines

An Alaska Airlines flight powered by wood chips made a historic trip across country Monday as the first using renewable, alternative jet fuel produced with the help of the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance. The demonstration flight from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. used forest residuals, including the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests, according to a statement from Alaska Airlines and the university .

The biofuels company Gevo converted cellulosic sugars derived from wood waste into renewable isobutanol at its St. Joseph,. Missouri, fermentation plant and its biorefinery in Silsbee, Texas, the newspaper said.

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