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Could Wood Scraps Fuel Planes?


In a game-changing move, Alaska Airlines Flight 4 took to the sky last week in the first-ever commercial flight powered by a brand new wood-based biofuel, flying from Seattle to Washington, D.C. Through a clever innovation that turns wood waste, sourced from tribal lands and private forestry operations in Washington, Oregon and Montana, into a clean burning biofuel, the aviation industry is one step closer to lower carbon emissions.view

World’s first commercial flight using forest residual biofuel is completed

11/18/16 Architectural Digest

Alaska Airlines has made history by successfully piloting the first commercial flight powered by forest residual biofuel. The flight, which took passengers from the airline’s Seattle hub to Washington, D.C.’s Reagan Airport, used a blend of standard jet fuel and gas derived from branches and wood scraps. These residual fragments are leftover from the thinning and harvesting of private forests in Washington, Oregon, and Montana. Traditionally, these scraps are left on the forest floor, where they eventually …more

Biojet fuel made from wood waste powers commercial flight

11/17/16 Market Business News

The fuel used to power the flight is a 20 percent blend of sustainable aviation biojet fuel made from cellulosic sugars derived from forest residuals – the limbs and branches that are left over and often burned after timber harvesting of managed forests.

The biojet fuel – which is chemically identical to regular jet A fuel – is the work of the Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA).


Alaska Airlines Makes History by fueling flight with biofuel from logging scrap

11/16/16 The True Activist

On Tuesday, November 15th, Alaska Airlines made history by flying the world’s first commercial flight using a sustainable, alternative biofuel sourced from forest residuals. The flight departed from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and successfully landed at the Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C.


EPIC Fuels Supports Alaska Airlines in First-Ever Forrest-Powered Flight

11/16/16 Epic Fuels

First of its kind renewable biofuel made from residual wood used by Alaska Airlines

IRVING, TX–(Marketwired – November 16, 2016) – EPIC Fuels provided expertise in fuel blending as well as technical and logistical support to Alaska Airlines’ first commercial flight using the world’s first renewable, alternative jet fuel made from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests. The alternative jet fuel was produced through the efforts …more

Junyong Zhu received honors

Dr. JY Zhu
Dr. JY Zhu

NARA member Junyong (J.Y.) Zhu recently received the “Andrew Chase Award” and was elected as an “ALChE fellow” at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AlChE) Forest Bioproducts Division meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Here is the statement read out in recognition of Dr. JY Zhu:

“Dr. Junyong (J.Y.) Zhu is a scientific team leader from the USDA …more

Forest Concepts processes feedstock for first forest powered aviation feedstock

11/16/16 EIN Network

Forest Concepts is proud to be among NARA cooperators and helped develop technologies and equipment to produce bio-jet fuel from forest residuals.

AUBURN, WA, UNITED STATES, November 14, 2016 / — Forest Concepts is proud to be among industry cooperators that helped develop technologies and equipment to produce bio-jet fuel from forest residuals, the limbs and branches that remain after the harvesting of managed forests. The company is particularly honored to have processed …more

Logging Leftovers fule Alaska Airlines’ test flight

11/16/16 Mother Nature Network

In the five years since Dutch carrier KLM first shuttled 171 passengers from Amsterdam to Paris in a Boeing 737 fueled by used cooking oil, an impressive number of passenger-carrying commercial aircraft across the world have taken flight with an emissions-decreasing assist from alternative jet fuel derived from algae, plant byproducts, agricultural waste oils and other forms of organic matter.