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13 Oct 11. The US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has released analytical test results of a plant-derived jet fuel produced by Virent at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, US. The test results confirmed the potential of Virent’s jet fuel and approved further study as a stand-alone, 100% renewable, fully synthetic jet fuel or as a 50/50 blend with petroleum-based jet fuel. The AFRL will conduct further analysis, focusing on fit-for-purpose testing to conform with the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Virent commercial fuels manager Aaron Imrie said: “These AFRL results… demonstrate the potential of Virent’s catalytic process to create renewable plant-based jet fuel that can meet or exceed petroleum-based jet fuel specifications at 100% concentration.” The company was recently awarded a contract by the US Department of Energy to support conversion of corn stover to jet fuel and is also supporting several initiatives related to the conversion of lignocellulosic-based sugars to jet fuel. (Source: airforcetechnology.com)

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