Boeing will fly through the new generation of biofuel

 

After cars, airplanes take up sustainable biofuels!

Boeing and Air New Zealand reported that a demonstration flight to sustainable biofuel will be made on a Boeing 747-400 from Auckland on 3 December 2008: one of the four RB211 engines from Rolls-Royce will operate in part through a new generation of biofuel-based jatropha, commercially viable.

Boeing biofuel
The process is as follows: a processing technology for fuel developed internally by the company UOP has helped convert the crude oil of jatropha bio-fuel. It is thus the first large-scale production of a biofuel for aerospace applications. The technical team of British engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has tested it conducted a campaign full laboratory testing to ensure compatibility with jet engines now in service and its compliance with the conditions of use in aviation. Announced its strengths? A good performance, a very low freezing and good energy density.

To address the jatropha crude oil, the team used the technology of “green fuel” developed by UOP and methodologies based on hydro commonly used to produce fuel for transport. In the process, hydrogen is added to remove oxygen from biomass, resulting in a bio-derived fuel that could replace the kerosene used by the aviation industry.

It is possible to cultivate jatropha under very different circumstances: it produces a seed that contains a lipid oil inedible, which allows the extraction of fuel to manufacture. Each seed can produce 30% to 40% of its mass in oil. The oil used to create fuel for the Air New Zealand is based on non-arable land located in south-eastern Africa (Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania) and India.

The goals: to identify and exploit the primary source of biofuel sustainable scale for civil aviation to reduce fuel consumption and emissions generated by aircraft; create a range of new generation biofuels that can be associated with Classical kerosene (Jet A) to improve the environmental performance of aircraft.

In the context of sustainable mobility and alternative fuels have the future ahead of them, whether on roads or in the air!

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This post was written by admin on November 18, 2008

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