Nov. 8, 2011, Chicago, IL - The first US commercial flight powered by algal-based biofuel successfully landed in Chicago's O'Hare International Airport yesterday afternoon.
Mary Rosenthal, executive director of the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the U.S. algae industry, today issued the following statement regarding the achievement:
"On behalf of the U.S. algae industry and the Algal Biomass Organization, I want to congratulate ABO members Solazyme, Honeywell's UOP and Boeing for their part in today's historic United Flight 1403 which flew from Houston to Chicago powered in part by algae-based biofuel. Solazyme and Honeywell's UOP produced the algae-based biofuel for the Boeing 737-824 aircraft.
"I also want to salute Boeing and United Airlines for their leadership roles in advancing aviation biofuels.
"It's a great day for commercial aviation and an incredible day for the U.S. algae industry, which is working to meet the future demand for transportation fuels through sustainable, domestic and entirely renewable algae-based fuels.
"Today's flight demonstrates without a doubt that algae-based fuels are 'here and now,' and as companies across the country scale up operations, we expect to see more aircraft and vehicles fueling up with clean, domestic fuels made from algae."
About the Algal Biomass Organization:
Founded in 2008, the Algal Biomass Organization (ABO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable products derived from algae. Its membership is comprised of people, companies and organizations across the value chain. More information about ABO, including its leadership, membership, costs, benefits and members and their affiliations, is available at the website: www.algalbiomass.org .