Washington State University(WSU) along with Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Port of Seattle, Port of Portland and Spokane International Airport will be working on a algae-biofuel project for aviation purposes. Research will include an analysis of biofuel feedstocks native to the Pacific Northwest, including algae, oilseeds such as camelina and woody biomass.
The project will identify potential pathways and actions to make aviation biofuel commercially available to airlines servicing the Pacific Northwest. A regional renewable jet fuel collaboration has been formed to assess four Pacific Northwest states—Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana—to determine biomass feedstock growth, harvest, refining and transport options in relation to sustainable aviation fuel production.
WSU, under the leadership of Vice President John Gardner, has been working with Boeing, the U.S. Air Force, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Targeted Growth, Weyerhauser, Tesoro and others on an aviation biofuels effort for a couple of years.
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