2016-06-08. Jet flight to SFO fueled by corn.

posted Jun 8, 2016, 1:28 PM by Alan Gould
By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle. For GSS Energy Use chapter 9. Excerpt: ...Alaska Flight 388, which landed at San Francisco International Airport just after 3 p.m., flew the popular two-hour route on a 20 percent blend of biofuel derived from South Dakota corn fermented by yeast. Another Alaska flight, using the same biofuel, headed from Seattle to Washington, D.C. Alaska and its competitors are preparing for a future in which they can no longer rely solely on fossil fuels. ...Alaska prides itself on being the first U.S. airline to have flown regular commercial flights on fuel derived from used cooking oil, in 2011. This summer, another Alaska flight will use fuel made from tree limbs and branches. “As long as it’s certified, we’re not particularly picky on the source material and process used,” said Joseph Sprague, Alaska’s senior vice president of communications. “We do not need a technology breakthrough. Our aircraft are fuel efficient and ready for these fuels now. We just need a stable, affordable, sustainable source of biofuels.” ...The biofuel for Tuesday’s flights, produced by a Colorado company called Gevo, cost roughly $27 per gallon, Sprague said. In contrast, Alaska currently pays about $1.50 per gallon for standard jet fuel made from oil, he said. Gevo CEO Pat Gruber, however, said his company should be able to make fuel for about $3 per gallon once it reaches full production. Should the price of oil rise from its current lows, Gevo could undercut standard jet fuel on price by the early 2020s, he said, and it should also be cheaper than competing biofuel technologies....  http://tablet.olivesoftware.com/Olive/Tablet/SanFranciscoChronicle/SharedArticle.aspx?href=HSFC%2F2016%2F06%2F08&id=Ar02906