EPIC Fuels, a fuel supplier to the general and commercial aviation industries, provided expertise in fuel blending as well as technical and logistical support to Alaska and Gevo, Inc., a next generation biofuels company, to enable the first commercial flights using a blend of petroleum based fuel and Gevo’s alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ).
Alaska Airlines selected EPIC Fuels as a partner to ensure project success based on EPIC’s extensive experience in renewable fuel operations. EPIC provided transportation, logistic support, aircraft refueling equipment, on-site quality control at both the Gevo facility and Alaska Airlines fuel operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and consultant support in the blending and testing process.
After blending traditional jet fuel with Gevo’s patented ATJ, the 20% fuel mix was tested at an ASTM-approved laboratory. EPIC also worked with Swissport Refueling at Sea-Tac to ensure all requirements were met for both ASTM testing and on airport operations for this fuel.
The results met the required specifications for ASTM 1655 jet fuel and were cleared for use on two Boeing 737s in Alaska’s fleet. The two flights were Alaska Airlines flight 2 from Seattle (SEA) to Washington DC (IAD) and flight 388 from Seattle to San Francisco (SFO), both on 7 June.
While this is the first use of the Gevo alcohol-to-jet fuel product, EPIC expects these flights will clearly demonstrate the advantages of using a biofuel blends such as Gevo’s to improve the aviation industry’s environmental sustainability.
EPIC Fuels has been playing an ever-increasing role in growing acceptance of sustainable biofuels and biofuel blends used in jet aviation. Through this and other similar programs, EPIC has gained unique experience and insight of how biofuels interact with fossil jet fuels. The company has amassed significant experience in these projects including blending data, logistics, transportation and the rigorous testing required to ensure the fuels meet or exceed industry safety standards.
Over the last several years EPIC has provided both technical and logistic expertise in programs for sustainable fuel alternatives including the Boeing ecoDemonstrator 757 flight with US-made biofuel in June 2015 and Boeing’s first-ever flights using a green blend during the ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test program in December, 2014.
EPIC Fuels is a global supplier of fuels, supplies and services to airlines, air cargo operators, general and corporate aviation, and Fixed Base Operators as well as government and military customers around the world.