As many of you know most of the gasoline available in North America today has a biofuel component of between 5 and 10 percent. Newer cars and trucks are E85 compatible, meaning they can operate with up to 85 percent ethanol blended into the gasoline -- which means there is a total growth opportunity of up to 75 percent in the North American biofuel market.
The U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, has awarded $156 million in funding for cutting-edge energy technology projects running the gamut from innovative plant-based fuels to conversion devices aimed at transferring utility-scale solar energy directly to the grid at much higher voltages than is currently possible.
Another day and yet another U.S. Navy aircraft flies on biofuel. On Earth Day, the Navy showcased its "Green Hornet," a F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet that is powered by a 50/50 blend of conventional jet fuel and camelina jet fuel.
The Green Hornet test flight took place at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River, Maryland.
A United States Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II recently took flight using a cleaner fuel derived from a plant.
The first flight by an aircraft in which all of its engines were powered by a mix of biofuel and conventional jet fuel has been completed by the U.S. Air Force.
The U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II took a 90-minute flight in which its engines were filled with a 50-50 blend of conventional fuel and camelina-based jet fuel.
Jet fuel is responsible for upwards of 40 percent of an airline’s operational costs, making this industry particularly sensitive to volatility in the oil market.
The development of aviation biofuels using biomass sources such as jatropha, camelina and algae will be an important factor in the drive to drastically reduce aviation industry emissions, says a report this week from the Frost & Sullivan consulting firm.