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Gevo Isobutyl Alcohol Powers Army Copter

by Melody M. Bomgardner
January 6, 2014 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 92, ISSUE 1

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Credit: Andrew J. Good/U.S. Army
Gevo’s isobutyl alcohol was used to fuel a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter like this one.
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Credit: Andrew J. Good/U.S. Army
Gevo’s isobutyl alcohol was used to fuel a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter like this one.

Biobased isobutyl alcohol made by Gevo in Minnesota was processed into jet fuel and used by the U.S. Army to power a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter. The renewable fuel, considered a drop-in alternative to traditional fuel, is being used in a 50/50 blend for flight testing in Alabama. The Army is working to certify that all of its aircraft can run on a blend of alternative fuels by 2016. Gevo has a contract to supply the Army with more than 16,000 gal of isobutyl alcohol.

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