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.
By David Manly
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: