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Information about biofuels and bioenergy in Alaska.

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News

2012

  • Seattle: Officials keen to make region a center for aviation biofuels: Efforts are under way to create an aviation biofuels industry in the Northwest, harnessing the presence of Boeing, Alaska Airlines and research labs across the state. 17 March 2012 by Kyung M. Song for The Seattle Times: "For three weeks last November, Alaska Airlines flew passengers aboard Boeing 737s powered in part with used cooking oil, becoming only the second American carrier to operate scheduled flights using renewable biofuel."
    • "The destination for one of the maiden flights from Seattle, [ Washington ]? Washington, D.C. — home to lawmakers Alaska and other U.S. airlines believe are crucial to eventually securing plentiful aviation biofuels that cost no more than petroleum jet fuel. That's a distant reality. As it was, the biofuel Alaska bought was made from restaurant grease by a Louisiana company and sold through a broker based in Amsterdam — at $17 a gallon."
    • In all, Alaska flew 75 flights with a 20 percent biofuels blend "to highlight the issue. But it was very expensive for us to do it," said Keith Loveless, Alaska's executive counsel, who led the trial effort."
    • "The goal is to establish the Pacific Northwest as an epicenter for aviation biofuels by harnessing the presence of Boeing, Alaska Airlines and research labs across the state. In addition, the region's forests and farms are promising sources of [ biomass ] crops, algae and woody material that could be converted to fuel." [1]

Issues

In 2005, Denali National Park tested a biodiesel system that used waste fish oil to run generators and buses in an attempt to replace fossil fuels. (Federal Agency Biodiesel Collaborative Project Proposal (PDF file)) The project was discontinued when biodiesel accumulated in the generator. (Alaska Energy Authority - Alternative Energy & Energy Efficiency Update (PDF file))

Organizations

Governmental organizations

Nongovernmental organizations

  • Alaska Biodiesel. Organization promoting the use of local biofuels in Alaska.
  • Alaska Bioneers. Organization working to create ecologically sustainable communities in Alaska.

Companies

Resources


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