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ARA Shows Off Alternative Fuel Expertise at Paris Air Show

June 2011
Chuck Red and Tom Vilsack
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, left, listens to ARA's Chuck Red at the Paris Air Show.

ARA's Gulf Coast Sector Manager Glen McDonald and North Florida Division Manager Chuck Red presented ARA's Catalytic Hydrothermolysis (CH) technology and ReadiJet (Renewable Aromatic Drop-in Jet) fuel at the Alternative Aviation Fuels Showcase at the Paris Air Show during
June 20-26. 

The event brought government and industry leaders from around the world to look at the most promising alternative fuels technologies. ARA leaders briefed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on the first, next generation, 100-percent, drop-in jet fuel that is being produced at ARA's 100-gallon-per-day pilot facility in Panama City, Fla. ARA employees also took part in panel discussions and briefed leaders of the Air Transport Association, Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Lufthansa and United Airlines. 

In addition, ARA's ReadiJet has been selected by British Airways and Rolls-Royce for inclusion in their alternative fuels testing program which is part of the Federal Aviation Administration's Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise or CLEEN program.  ARA shipped 10 liters of ReadiJet for the initial round of testing laboratory scale testing at Rolls-Royce facilities in Derby, England.

ARA's Dr. Lixiong Li of the North Florida Division invented Catalytic Hydrothermolysis, and the CH technology patent was awarded in April 2010. ARA's Ed Coppola and Steve Baxley manage the alternative fuels program.