Future of Ethanol with Sustainable aviation fuel

Ethanol-based sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) is used by airlines in their effort to become more carbon neutral. With limited alternatives to power today’s modern aircraft, SAF is expected to make up the majority of emissions reductions for the aviation industry. 

Without Carbon Capture Pipelines, ethanol WILL NOT qualify for this market opportunity

Expected growth

PER BUSHEL: CCS could add up to $1 / bushel and 15-25% raise in production.

~ 80 MILLION: In 2022, global production of SAF a ~80 million gallons.

3.3 BILLION: Corporate targets of SAF usage amount annually by 2030.

PER GALLON: SAF can add value of $1.25 to $2+ per gallon of ethanol.


Sustainable Aviation Fuel can be made from corn ethanol. In a world where there is a growing call for electric vehicles, the future remains bright because of SAF. Without access to SAF markets, the demand for ethanol decreases, therefore the demand for corn decrease.


Carbon Capture and Sequestration is the pathway ethanol has to SAF markets. The heart of the Midwest, ethanol, needs to produce low carbon fuel, and the most efficient way to do that is through CCS. That’s how these ethanol plants will qualify for the SAF markets.


Summit Carbon Solutions has partnered with 51 ethanol plants and biorefineries across 5 states. This project will impact nearly 45 million acres of farmland, raising the value of the land, directly impacting local communities. Farmers are innovators, and Summit Carbon Solutions is the next step in innovation to explode production capacity potential. 

Major U.S. Airline Agreements for SAF*

620 Million gallonsAlcohol to Jet; ethanol feedstock
525 million gallons Alcohol to Jet; ethanol feedstock
670 million gallons HEFA; vegetable and waste oils feedstock
219 million gallons Fischer-Tropsch; syngass feedstock
1.5 billion gallons Biomass to crude oil; forest and crop waste feedstock


*Source: March 2023 U.S. Government Accountability Office report, page 19; Airline press releases