Thursday, September 1, 2011

Plane biofuel to be made from eucalypts

The SMH reports that Virgin Blue, looking to escape the squeeze from scarcer fossil fuels, is partnering with a consortium including GE to produce biofuel for aviation from eucalypts - Plane biofuel to be made from eucalypt.
A consortium of companies is taking action by using eucalypt trees to develop a commercial biofuel for the Australian aviation industry.

"Innovation and creativity will play enormous roles as part of the transition to a low carbon future," said Ben Waters, director of ecomagination, GE Australia and New Zealand.

GE on Thursday announced it was joining Virgin Australia and other partners to research and develop the commercial biofuel.

The focus will be on using a thermochemical decomposition of organic material - at elevated temperatures in the absence of oxygen - to covert mallee eucalypt trees to the biofuel.

Mr Waters said a pilot biofuel production unit would be opened in Australia next year. ...

A recent CSIRO report estimated the aviation industry could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent, generate more than 12,000 jobs and reduce Australia's reliance on aviation fuel imports by $2 billion per annum over the next 20 years through the adoption of biofuels.

Other members of the consortium include Renewable Oil Corporation, the Future Farm Industries CRC, and Canadian biofuels company, Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation.

The report mentioned above may be Sustainable Aviation Fuels Road Map: Data assumptions and modelling

Cross posted from Peak Energy.

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