The US Army has
successfully flown the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter on
Gevo's ATJ-8 (alcohol-to-jet). Gevo is a commercial provider of
renewable isobutanol. ATJ is an alternative fuel for JP8. The
new bioblended jet fuel addresses the Army Energy Security
Strategy and Plans mandate that the Army certify 100% of its
air platforms on alternative/renewable fuels by 2016.
marks the first ever Army Aircraft to fly on the isobutanol ATJ
blend. Flight testing is being conducted at Aviation Flight
Test Directorate on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Testing is
anticipated to be complete by March 2014.
programs like this are part of the Department of Defense's
(DODs) long-term energy strategy, as evidenced by the US
Navy's recent announcement of its "Farm-to-Fleet" program. The
DOD and US Navy will begin to blend biofuels at 10% to 50%
rates with conventional jet fuel (JP-5).
This testing is
being performed as part of the previously announced contract
with Gevo to supply more than 16,000 gallons to the US
isobutanol can be used to produce a variety of conventional
military jet fuels such as JP5, JP8 and commercial aviation jet
fuel. We are pleased to see that the DOD is moving forward with
its Farm-to-Fleet initiative and we would like to see the
alcohol-to-jet from isobutanol be used as a blendstock for the
Farm-to-Fleet program that aims to produce renewable fuels in
the US," noted Patrick Gruber, Gevo's CEO.