Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Will Use Of Biofuels Lower Airfares?

Setting a new benchmark in the aviation industry, India successfully tested its first bio fuel-powered flight on 27th August 2018.
The aircraft, a Bombardier Q400 airplane operated by the low-cost carrier SpiceJet took off from Dehradun, Uttarakhand and landed in Delhi on Monday morning. It was powered by a fuel mixture comprising 25 percent bio-fuel made from Jatropha seeds and 75 percent aviation turbine fuel.
Anil Sinha, Principal Scientist of CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum said a pilot plant has been set up to increase the scale of bio fuel production. Simulation to study conditions at which the production scale can be increased are also underway, Sinha said. This is significant given that the International Civil Aviation Organisation is setting a limit on Carbon dioxide emissions.
Presently, biofuels are costlier than normal fuels, said Sinha, suggesting that possible reduction in costs, and airfares, are long-term prospects.
Sinha said biofuels cost 1.5-2 times more than traditional aviation fuels.
28/08/18 Quint