Just in – Results from 100% Biofuel Jet Flight

Joanna Schroeder

The results are in from a flight powered by 100 percent biofuel. According to data released by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), ReadiJet reduced emissions and provided better fuel efficiency than petroleum aviation fuel. ReadiJet is produced by ARA and Chevron Lummus Global using feedstocks developed by Agrisoma Resonance.

readijet-fuelingInformation collected in-flight on October 29, 2012 was analyzed by a team of National Research Council. The results showed a 50 percent reduction in aerosol emissions when using ReadiJet biofuel compared to conventional fuel. Additional tests from the static engine show a significant reduction in particles (up to 25 percent) and in black carbon emissions (up to 49 percent) compared to conventional fuel. These tests also show comparable engine performance, but an improvement of 1.5 percent in specific fuel consumption during the steady state operations. The jet’s engines required no modification as the biofuel tested in-flight meets the specification test property limits of petroleum-based fuels.

“We are pleased with these positive results. The flight went smoothly and the data collected enables us to better understand the impact of biofuel on the environment,” said John R. McDougall, President of the National Research Council of Canada. “We will continue to work with our partners Applied Research Associates, Chevron Lummus Global, and Agrisoma Biosciences, Inc. to bring this effective energy solution to market. The final product will be a sustainable option for reducing aviation emissions.”

Chuck Red, ARA’s Biofuel program manager added, “Partnering with NRC Canada’s outstanding team to fly the first ever 100% biofuels flight with a fuel that meets petroleum specifications test property limits without blending was historic. Their exceptional data collection capabilities and detailed analysis shows that our ReadiJet, which produces much lower lifecycle green house gas emissions than petroleum, will also contribute to a cleaner environment with significantly lower aerosol, particle, and black carbon emissions.”

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