Gevo Signs Biofuel Deal With Lufthansa

Lufthansa will evaluate Gevo’s renewable isobutanol jet fuel under a new agreement. The aim is to gain approval for Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel for commercial aviation use. Lufthansa and Gevo will receive support from the European Commission for the project. Patrick Gruber, Gevo’s chief executive officer, said: “By using isobutanol as a renewable raw material for producing jet fuel, the resulting jet fuel has the mixtures of molecules typical of petro-based jet fuel making it directly compatible with engines and infrastructure.” Alexander Zschocke, Lufthansa senior manager for aviation biofuels, said: "ATJ, like the Fischer-Tropsch pathway, has the potential to use lignocellulosic waste as feedstock, but promises to do so at less cost than Fischer-Tropsch."

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