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Bio Jet Fuel-Who will be the Supplier? Posted by Aathmika on Thu August 19 2010 08:33:11 AM

Thailand is likely to become the South East Asia hub for jet biofuel by 2012.
Average annual jet fuel demand in Thailand is about 4 billion litres. To meet the demand for biofuel to mix in with jet fuel, the country needs to expand the area of palm oil plantations or turn to other fuel crops such as algae or sweet sorghum.

The Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department. has provided financial support to universities for research into making biofuel from algae and sweet sorghum. PTT has its own research and development department and a laboratory for aviation biofuel.

Biofuel from algae may be the best choice since suitable areas for palm tree plantation are limited.

First Flight powered by 100% Algae Fuel Posted by Aathmika on Mon July 26 2010 06:41:27 AM 2

EADS maker of the Airbus and lots of defense and transport aircraft, has announced the completion of the first flight powered entirely by algae-based biofuel.
The DA42 used almost half a gallon less fuel per hour using the algae fuel than it would have had it been powered by kerosene-based jet fuel. What's more, the exhaust from the plane had an eight time lower hydrocarbon content, as well as lower nitrogen and sulphur emissions.
This only goes to show that biofuels are more fuel efficient in jet engines than petroleum based fuels.

Cleaner Skies Posted by Aathmika on Thu July 22 2010 02:08:10 PM

Commercial airlines may derive 1 percent of their fuel by 2015 from biofuels made of plants including algae, Boeing Co.?s environment chief said.

Carriers including British Airways Plc and Continental Airlines Inc. are testing the carbon-cutting alternative fuels as the global air industry accelerates efforts to slash greenhouse-gases blamed for global warming.

Algae Jet Fuel to cost $1 per gallon Posted by Aathmika on Fri July 16 2010 06:05:57 AM 14

I have been following with interest the developments of algae fuel in the aviation scene.

Most aviation industry experts agree that algal oil perhaps holds the best hope of a long-term solution. Algae can produce an oil yield up to 15 times that of other biofuel plants. It can grow in brackish water and in areas that don?t compete with food crops and has among the best energy-per-unit-area factor of any biomass feedstock. But a lot remains to be done before its exciting potential is realised. For starters, it must be decided whether algae is better grown in giant bioreactors that would be expensive, or in open ponds, which in comparison, cost practically nothing, thus bringing down production costs. And extracting the oil economically is a huge challenge. Although largescale production of algae-derived jet fuel hasn?t yet begun, the US Defence Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has an algae-to-jet fuel project that will be tested this year and mass production could begin by 2013. DARPA hopes to reduce the production cost of algae triglyceride?which is converted into jet fuel?to around $1 (Rs 45) per gallon, making it commercially viable. Only a few years ago, the cost was over $100 (Rs 4,500) per gallon. However, even the most optimistic predictions are that actually deriving jet fuel from algae on an economically sustainable scale and cost is a good decade away.