CSIRO likes aviation biofuels
Australasian airlines could cut their operating costs by up to 17 percent through using biofuels within 20 years, according to the CSIRO.
Although aviation biofuels are still at the laboratory scale, the CSIRO’s Paul Graham said they had significant potential, with a CSIRO report predicting that a sustainable aviation biofuel industry could create 12,000 jobs and reduce the reliance on imported fuel. The organisation says crop stubble and forestry residues are potential sources of aviation biofuel.
The US Air Force has been testing biofuels based on the camelina plant, and AIR NZ and Japan Airlines have already funded research into using algae and weeks.Qantas is working with the Solena Group to develop biofuels, while Virgin Australia is working with Boeing and the University of Queensland.
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