Monday, September 19, 2016

Jet fuel could be produced from trees, study claims

Melbourne: Australia’s iconic gum trees may be used to produce enough low-carbon renewable jet fuel to power five per cent of the world’s aviation industry, a new study has claimed.
Renewable fuels that could power commercial aeroplanes are limited and expensive but a solution could be growing all around us, according to lead researcher Carsten Kulheim from The Australian National University (ANU).
“If we could plant 20 million hectares of eucalyptus species worldwide, which is currently the same amount that is planted for pulp and paper, we would be able to produce enough jet fuel for five per cent of the aviation industry,” he said.
The aviation sector globally produces about two per cent of all human-caused carbon dioxide emissions.
Eucalyptus-based fuel would initially be more expensive than fossil fuels to make on a mass scale, but would produce significantly less net carbon emissions, researchers said.
Kulheim said powering a modern jet aircraft with anything other than fossil fuels was difficult, due to the high energy required.
19/09/16 PTI/Indian Express
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