The aircraft flew exactly as we expected – no surprises. The fuel works so well, all I needed to do was fly the plane.
- U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Tom Weaver, after flying demonstration flight fueled by camelina-based biojet fuel on April 22, 2010.
Nearly 12 million barrels a day. That’s how much foreign oil we import in America.
Meanwhile, farm input costs continue to increase.
Sustainable Oils was created to address both challenges. The company develops new crops that produce oil here at home. As ingenious and industrious as our farmers, Sustainable Oils focuses on crops that use less moisture and fewer inputs to give growers the opportunity to produce a profitable crop even on marginal land.
Camelina is just such a crop, a unique oilseed that takes little moisture but is well-suited for biofuel production.
Our commitment to research enables our success and yours. We’ve built North America’s largest camelina research program with field testing locations across the U.S. and Canada to improve camelina yield, oil characteristics and agronomic practices.
Sustainable Oils has also led efforts to build a sustainable camelina industry for growers and end-users. We’ve built a network of growers, seed producers and dealers and established protocols for crop management, seed production and oil processing. We’ve worked with industry partners to build markets for camelina meal and developed partnerships to serve the exciting new aviation biofuels market.
Explore our site or contact us to learn more about camelina and production contracts.
The USDA has extended the enrollment deadline for camelina production opportunities in California, Montana and Washington through September 23, 2011.
Conference calls on Sept 8 and 9 will outline contracting opportunities and answer grower questions
Washington growers interested in learning more about camelina production can learn about the crop, its aviation biofuel market opportunities, and a new U.S. Department of Agriculture Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) that will provide incentives to growers for the production of camelina for advanced biofuels use.
Sustainable Oils to host Sept. 6 Grower Information Meeting at Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant
California growers interested in learning more about camelina production can learn about the crop, its aviation biofuel market opportunities, and a new U.S. Department of Agriculture Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) that will provide incentives to growers for the production of camelina for advanced biofuels use.
USDA Secretary Vilsack announced a new Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) project that will support growers who plant camelina in California, Montana and Washington for production of aviation biofuels. Sustainable Oils will be offering grower production contracts in these areas. More details will be available soon. Read more.
Camelina produced by Sustainable Oils made history at the 2011 Paris Air Show. Two flights fueled by a blend of camelina-based jet fuel and traditional jet fuel flew from the U.S. to Paris for this year’s show. Read more.
Sustainable Oils announced today that hydrotreated renewable jet fuel (HRJ) made from its camelina will power two Air Force F-16 aircraft as part of a Thunderbirds demonstration flight today at the Joint Services Open House.
Latest aircraft to successfully test renewable fuel derived from non-food crop grown in US
Sustainable Oils, a producer of renewable, low carbon and domestically made fuels, announced jet fuel derived from its camelina powered the successful test flight of a U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor aircraft. The aircraft was powered by a 50/50 fuel blend of conventional petroleum-based JP-8 and biofuel derived from camelina.
Sustainable Oils forcefully disagrees with the findings of a report issued by the RAND Corporation on January 25, 2011, titled “Alternative Fuels for Military Applications.” Among other findings, the report states that the military should abandon efforts to create jet fuel from sustainable biomass crops, including camelina.
During the past two years, Sustainable Oils and our partner UOP, a Honeywell Company, have produced more than 300,000 gallons of jet fuel from camelina crops grown sustainably in Montana. This fuel has powered several ground, marine and in-flight tests of various aircraft, including the A10 Warthog (Air Force), the FA-18 (Navy) and a MH 60S Sea Hawk helicopter (Navy). Our company has produced more renewable jet fuel than any other company, any other technology and any other feedstock.
High oil content, low fertilizer requirements and co-product use combine for low carbon footprint
Bozeman, Mont (December 1, 2010) - A life cycle analysis of the carbon footprint of camelina-based biojet fuel concludes that the renewable fuel reduces CO2 emissions by 75 percent compared to traditional petroleum-based jet fuel, according to a peer-reviewed paper published in the journal Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy. The study also found that “green” diesel made through the same process reduces CO2 emissions by 80 percent.
Sustainable Oils' Camelina Production will Fuel U.S. Military, Commercial Contracts
Sept 9, 2010 - Bozeman, MT - Camelina growers across Montana, North Dakota and southern Canada are wrapping up the 2010 camelina harvest. Growers who planted proprietary seed varieties developed by Sustainable Oils are seeing strong yields and good harvest conditions.
North America’s Largest Camelina Research Program Expands to Deliver Improved Varieties to Growers Even More Quickly
June 14, 2010 - Bozeman, MT - A new, larger camelina research facility in Bozeman will allow Sustainable Oils to deliver improved camelina varieties to growers even more quickly. Sustainable Oils' research team moved into the new location in March and has already planted its 2010 research and breeding crop in the adjacent research fields.
Sustainable Oils will be hosting an open house on Tuesday, June 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the new location, 214 W. Shepherd Trail Suite F, in Bozeman.
Earth Day test is first supersonic flight to use 50-50 camelina-based, traditional jet fuel mix
April 23, 2010 - Bozeman, MT - Sustainable Oils, a producer of renewable, low carbon and domestically produced camelina-based fuels, supplied the camelina-based biojet fuel that successfully powered yesterday's Earth Day test flight of the U.S. Navy's F/A-18 “Green Hornet” aircraft. Taking place at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Patuxent River, Maryland, the flight was the first to demonstrate the performance of a 50-50 blend of camelina-based biojet fuel and traditional petroleum-based jet fuel at supersonic speeds. Yesterday's use of this camelina-based fuel, which was produced by Honeywell's UOP using its renewable jet fuel process technology, marks a significant milestone in the certification and operational use of camelina-based biofuels in military aircraft.
Images from the Green Hornet test flight are available for download on the U.S. Navy’s website at:
First aviation flight to have 50-50 traditional-renewable fuel mix in all engines
March 26, 2010 - Bozeman, MT - Sustainable Oils, a producer of renewable, low carbon and domestically produced camelina-based fuels, powered the historic and successful flight of a U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II which flew on a 50-50 blend of camelina-based jet fuel and traditional jet fuel. The 90-minute flight, which took place March 25th at Eglin Air Force Base, in Florida marked the first time that any aircraft has been powered by conventional and biomass-based fuel in all engines. Footage of the historic flight is available for download here: http://www.dvidshub.net/?script=video/video_show.php&id=81785
Shares “Biofuels Digest Company of the Year Award” for Achievement in Commercialization with other Aviation Biofuel Pioneers
Sustainable Oils was one of five companies associated with the advancement of aviations biofuels jointly named as Biofuels Digest Company of the Year award for Achievement in Commercialization. Read the full Biofuels Digest news release here.
14 Airlines Sign Landmark MOU for Camelina-based Renewable Jet Fuel & Green Diesel
Subsequent purchase agreements for up to 750 million gallons of renewable fuels would remove 14 billion pounds of C02 over 10 years
New biojet production facility to be built in Washington state
SEATTLE (December 15, 2009) Seattle-based AltAir Fuels today announced it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with 14 major airlines from the United States, Mexico, Canada and Germany, led by the Air Transport Association (ATA), to negotiate the purchase of up to 750 million gallons of renewable jet fuel and diesel derived from camelina and produced by AltAir Fuels. This unprecedented announcement demonstrates the airlines’ determination to reduce emissions and accelerate the deployment of renewable jet fuel. The renewable fuel, to be produced at a new facility in Anacortes, Wash., would replace about 10 percent of the petroleum fuel consumed annually at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, reducing carbon emissions by about 14 billion pounds over 10 years.
Domestic, renewable and low-carbon fuel selected to power military aircraft
October 1, 2009 - Bozeman, MT - Sustainable Oils, a producer of renewable, low carbon and domestically produced camelina-based fuels, announced today it has been awarded a contract by the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) to supply camelina-based jet fuel for the Air Force. The contract is for 100,000 gallons of HRJ-8 beginning 2009 through 2010, and includes an option to purchase an additional 100,000 gallons between June 2010 and December 2012.
Sustainable Oils to Supply Navy with Camelina-based Jet Fuel
Fuel will be used to support Navy's certification testing program
September 9, 2009 - Bozeman, MT - Sustainable Oils, a producer of renewable, environmentally clean, and high-value camelina-based fuels, announced today it has been awarded a contract by the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) for 40,000 gallons of camelina-based jet fuel. The fuel will be delivered to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) fuels team in 2009 and will support the Navy's certification testing program of alternative fuels. The contract includes an option to supply up to an additional 150,000 gallons of camelina-based jet fuel.
2009 Camelina Harvest Underway
August 24, 2009–Combines and trucks are rolling across Montana and Southern Canada as farmers are harvesting the 2009 camelina crop. However, the harvested oilseeds will soon be powering a higher-flying form of transportation.
April 27, 2009 – Bozeman, MT –Renewable fuels company Sustainable Oils today announced the results of a life cycle analysis (LCA) of jet fuel created from camelina seeds developed by the company, which shows that the renewable fuel reduces carbon emissions by 84 percent compared to petroleum jet fuel. The research, in collaboration with UOP, a Honeywell company, was conducted at Michigan Tech University, a leading research university. The study was based on camelina grown in Montana and processed into biojet fuel using UOP hydroprocessing technology.
April 14, 2009 – Bozeman, MT – Sustainable Oils has successfully closed its camelina contracting period for the 2009 growing season. Growers across Montana and southern Canada are now gearing up to plant the 2009 camelina crop.
March 3, 2009 – GREAT FALLS, MT – Thirteen seed companies, processors and researchers of camelina have formed the first trade association focused on camelina production and processing in North America. The North American Camelina Trade Association (NACTA) will work to promote research, production and the development of new markets for camelina – a relatively new energy crop in North America that has exciting potential.
New Camelina Varieties and Yields