HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
Blogs
Engineering Materials
First Civil Jet Flies on 100 Percent Non-Food Biofuel
11/7/2012

Canada's National Research Council and the Canadian Space Agency have used the Falcon 20 jet, with modified hydraulic and aircraft fuel systems, for performing parabolic flight maneuvers in microgravity experiments.   (Source: Canadian Space Agency)
Canada's National Research Council and the Canadian Space Agency have used the Falcon 20 jet, with modified hydraulic and aircraft fuel systems, for performing parabolic flight maneuvers in microgravity experiments.
(Source: Canadian Space Agency)

Return to Article

View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
<<  <  Page 2/3  >  >>
bobjengr
User Rank
Platinum
CIVIL JET
bobjengr   11/11/2012 3:09:52 PM
NO RATINGS
Excellent Post Ann.  I think this is a great step in the right direction.   Every engineer realizes we are years away, if ever, from eliminating our complete dependence upon fossil fuels BUT, advances such as this can insure we maintain usable quantities for future generations.  Finding a suitable substitute for food grade biomass is truly a significant breakthrough.  As with every thing else, I suspect the cost will lessen as time goes by the technology to improve yields will increase.  Again--great article.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Cost
Ann R. Thryft   11/9/2012 3:03:09 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks for clarifying, jhankwitz. What will get costs down is higher volumes, which means we have to start somewhere. I think this is one of those areas where government can help, and apparently the Canadians (and Europeans) agree.

jhankwitz
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Cost
jhankwitz   11/9/2012 2:43:05 PM
NO RATINGS
I'm all for clean air, that's why I drive a Prius.  The point is that the airlines cannot afford to pay more for fuel.  They already have the least polution per man mile than any form of transportation.

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Cost
Ann R. Thryft   11/9/2012 1:29:53 PM
NO RATINGS
jhankwitz, I don't know where you live, but I'm in California, with the highest gasoline costs in the nation. While I'd rather not pay more for anything--who would?--I pay more for gasoline without complaint knowing that we are meeting higher standards for clean air. 

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: Great news!
Ann R. Thryft   11/9/2012 12:15:18 PM
NO RATINGS
You're welcome, Elizabeth. Too bad the US isn't following more closely in the footsteps of the Canadians who accomplished this milestone.

Elizabeth M
User Rank
Blogger
Great news!
Elizabeth M   11/9/2012 9:29:06 AM
NO RATINGS
This is great news! Advancements in bio fuel are the way forward for reducing dependence on oil and running cleaner vehicles across the board. Bravo to the airline industry for doing this type of research. I personally hope it leads to more success in the future and eventually the predominant use of this kind of biofuel. Thanks for covering.

Rob Spiegel
User Rank
Blogger
Re: another one
Rob Spiegel   11/8/2012 2:43:58 PM
NO RATINGS
I agree, Ann. The whole business of creating biofuels will likely go through many permutations before the industry settles on a few paths that are efficient and meet evolving regulations. This test, however, is just one more indication that there will be a significant biofuel industry. 

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: another one
Ann R. Thryft   11/8/2012 1:51:09 PM
NO RATINGS
Zippy, the smell of french fries may be prevalent in recycled cooking oil from restaurants used in cars with converted engines, but it's got nothing to do with commercial biofuels. Biofuels are derived from specifically grown crops, food-based or otherwise, produced with a variety of processes. To date, the main reasons biofuels have been blended with petro-based fuels have been a) performance and b) cost.

Zippy
User Rank
Platinum
Re: another one
Zippy   11/8/2012 1:25:04 PM
NO RATINGS
Ann, outside of the potential cost and availability issues, are there any technical reasons that a biofuel cannot be substituted 100% for aviation purposes?  Other than the pervasive smell of french fries at the airports, of course...   :)

Ann R. Thryft
User Rank
Blogger
Re: another one
Ann R. Thryft   11/8/2012 12:35:26 PM
NO RATINGS
Thanks, Rob. I think regardless of any other factors or considerations, the fact that this jet flew successfully on 100% biofuel is a very encouraging development. The jump from 30 to 50% in blends to 100% is insanely high, and a major first.

<<  <  Page 2/3  >  >>
Partner Zone
More Blogs from Engineering Materials
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Optomec's third America Makes project for metal 3D printing teams the LENS process company with GE Aviation, Lockheed, and other big aerospace names to develop guidelines for repairing high-value flight-critical Air Force components.
Lots of people who write about robots say they give us jobs, instead of taking them away from humans. Based on the evidence in some recent studies, I'm not so sure.
A self-propelled robot developed by a team of researchers headed by MIT promises to detect leaks quickly and accurately in gas pipelines, eliminating the likelihood of dangerous explosions. The robot may also be useful in water and petroleum pipe leak detection.
Aerojet Rocketdyne has built and successfully hot-fire tested an entire 3D-printed rocket engine. In other news, NASA's 3D-printed rocket engine injectors survived tests generating a record 20,000 pounds of thrust. Some performed equally well or better than welded parts.
Design News Webinar Series
7/23/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
7/17/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
6/25/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York
5/13/2014 10:00 a.m. California / 1:00 p.m. New York / 6:00 p.m. London
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Aug 4 - 8, Introduction to Linux Device Drivers
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Class: August 12 - 14
Sponsored by igus
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service