The Original Inventor of ALCOHOL TO JET
Advancing the ATJ technology to Zero Carbon, Zero Blend
Byogy was the original inventor of the Alcohol To Jet Process and one of the only companies that has mastered the reaction to be able to produce complete replacement fuels, including synthetic bio-aromatics (BTX).
Byogy was formed in 2005 and in 2008 began fuel testing with the US Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Base. The Air Force fuel testing results demonstrated the unique ability to produce complete hydrocarbon fuels and subsequently allowed Byogy to stand out as an industry leader.
In 2009 ASTM adopted a fuel specification process (D7566) which defined the criteria where a
non-petroleum derived hydrocarbon fuel blend-stock can be used with crude-oil based
aviation fuel. The field became saturated with technologies claiming to produce alternative
aviation fuel from novel processes using a plethora of feedstocks yet to be commercially mature.
The FAA became increasingly concerned with the multitude of varying fuel products being proposed. As a result, in 2010 the FAA funded a special testing program with Rolls Royce under the Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise (CLEEN) Program to find feasible processes that can produce a commercially viable “full replacement” alternative aviation fuel that would diffuse both safety and cost impacts related to the downstream existing fuel infrastructure.
Out of 95 companies the FAA selected Byogy to participate in this advanced testing program. Under this program Rolls Royce performed extensive engine testing and demonstrated Byogy’s fuel characteristics to not only meet, but exceed, the standard specification for petroleum derived jet fuel. Hence, the Byogy jet fuel could be used as a complete replacement for petroleum-based fuel and blended at any percentage without any downstream logistic and infrastructure modifications.
As the Byogy results from the Air Force and CLEEN program circulated the industry, the concept
of converting alcohols to aviation fuel attracted several companies that were only producing
alcohols from novel processes as their core business plan.
In 2010 Byogy and Gevo, a company in business to produce only iso-butanol at the time, co-formed the Alcohol to Jet Task force at ASTM. In 2017 the first ATJ ASTM specification was adopted for the use of ATJ generated fuel at a blend of up to 50% maximum with fossil fuel jet fuel. Byogy can utilize this global specification, but will continue to advance adoption of a full fuel replacement specification (no-blend) over the coming years to eliminate “all” downstream handling costs and logistics.
Using renewable sourcing for its energy, Byogy leads the new “Power Fuel” era by reforming ethanol into full replacement – “no-blend required”, sustainable liquid hydrocarbons .