Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative

The Daily Telegraph in the UK is reporting that Boeing has teamed with BP and Royal Dutch Shell to help launch the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative. This presentation by Richard Altmann (Executive Director Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative) to the FAA 32nd annual FAA Forecasting Conference reveals more of the thinking behind the initiative.

Alternative fuel options being considered are:

  • Near term (0-5 years) – Fischer-Tropsch fuel from coal;
  • Mid term (5-15 years) – Oil shale, LNG, ethanol blends, biodiesel and hydrogen fuel cells in auxiliary power units; and
  • Long term (15+ years) – Biomass (black liquor fuels), hydrogen fuel for turbine engines

The presentation goes on to say that SASOL, the South African oil company, has been testing Fischer-Tropsch fuels in South African Airlines aircraft with a variety of engines. The results showed that while only 1.6% less CO2 was produced there was a significant reduction in particulate matter and SOx.

Interestingly, cellulosic ethanol and biobutanol rate mention for ground use in the Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative presentation. There was no mention of biodiesel or corn ethanol.

Boeing are looking at producing bio-kerosene from algae and palm oil and Virgin Atlantic are teaming with Boeing and General Electric to fly a 747 on a 50/50 mixture of conventional fuel and biofuel in 2008.


2 Responses

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