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Bio-Fuel in the Airline Industry

Airplane Fuel 02Global warming has become a huge problem right around the world, and many governments are trying to encourage people to go green. Whether it is for vehicles or electricity going green is very important for preserving nature.

Even though there is a huge issue over global warming and energy costs how can the airline industry help as it is an industry that consumes a large quantity of fossil fuel.

Here’s a taste of exactly what has been going on, pretty much under the radar of traditional media in the aviation bio-fuel transformation. January, 2009 a Japan Airlines (JAL) airliner completed a 1.5 hour demonstration flight from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport powered by a combination of camelina, jatropha and algae-based fuel.

In December, 2008 Air New Zealand flew 2 hours on a 50/50 mix of jatropha biodiesel and conventional A1 jet fuel.

In November, 2008 a plane flew from Reno, Nevada to Leesburg Florida, flying the first 1776 miles on 100 % bio-diesel and the balance 710 miles on a 50/50 mix of bio-diesel and standard jet fuel.

Why the noticeable disinterest by the media on this tangible development toward effective bio-fuel for aviation?

Some say the quantity of land reserve for growing bio-fuel crops may be contributing to the world food shortage. Others are concerned that bio-fuel production could increase global warming. It could be as basic as short-term memory loss. Discovering alternative fuel sources which are seriously essential with gas prices going up, is all, however, forgotten now that rates have boiled down.

This crisis will pass, and fuel prices will go back up. So those people with a stake in the future of air travel need to pay attention and press forward. Will bio-fuel be the supreme answer? Nobody understands yet. However, many are saying that camelina, jatropha, algae and cellulosic ethanol could be the answer.Airplane Fuel 01

Camelina, for instance, might battle increasing emissions while adding to food manufacturing and crop yields. It has been revealed to be an outstanding rotational crop, boosting the yield of subsequent crops such as wheat by up to 15 %. It can be grown on marginal land, needs hardly any water and is viable in cold regions such as Montana, Canada, and Europe. It is said that bio-diesel made from camelina could only cost around $2.00 per gallon, compared with $3.00 per gallon for soy or corn based ethanol.

According to a representative for JAL, who made use of a mix of bio-fuel and jet fuel for their groundbreaking demo flight, “the bio-fuel was a mix of three second-generation bio-fuel feedstocks which do not compete with health food or water sources and do not contribute to logging practices.”.

Pipistrel, a Slovenian aircraft business, is dealing with a two-passenger electric aircraft. The Taurus Electro is said to be capable of reaching 6,000 feet, traveling 1,000 miles in a day with a lithium-polymer battery which takes about as long to recharge as a mobile phone.

There will come a time where fact meets fiction, and hopefully the future of our planet will see a greener environment.

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