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Delta Helicopters Developing World’s First Biofuel-Capable Helicopter

Posted By Ariel Schwartz On May 11, 2010 @ 2:00 pm In Green Transportation,Innovation | 2 Comments

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Plenty of airlines are testing out biofuels in passenger jets, but helicopters [2] have largely been ignored — until now. Australia-based Delta Helicopters [3] is developing what it says is the first biofuel-capable diesel helicopter in the world. Dubbed the D2, Delta claims that the helicopter will use significantly less fuel while getting 30-40% more range per gallon than standard engines.

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The company estimates that the D2 helicopter, which features a four-cylinder, two-stroke, water-cooled, turbocharged diesel engine, will use 40% less fuel than gasoline aviation [5] engines and 75% less fuel than turbine aviation engines.

There’s just one catch: you have to build the helicopter [6] yourself. Delta plans to sell the D2 as a DIY kit for farmers in remote areas who already have diesel for use in farm machinery. When fully constructed, the helicopter is worth approximately $200,000. No word on how much the kit will cost, but it should be available by the end of the year.

+ Delta Helicopters [3]

Via Treehugger [7]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/11/delta-helicopters-developing-worlds-first-biofuel-capable-helicopter/delta_001/

[2] helicopters: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/03/competition-offers-250000-to-design-pedal-powered-helicopter/

[3] Delta Helicopters: http://www.deltahelicopters.com.au/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/05/11/delta-helicopters-developing-worlds-first-biofuel-capable-helicopter/deltad2_023/

[5] aviation: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/12/04/solar-powered-plane-takes-maiden-flight/

[6] helicopter: http://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/07/22/solar-helicopter/&sa=X&ei=yITpS_HLKYS-tgP8y-iCCg&ved=0CB4QzgQoADAA&usg=AFQjCNHZtC3q-cAfaACpQQfRaKkh8kx2iA

[7] Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/05/australia-developing-the-world-first-biofuel-capable-helicopter.php?campaign=th_rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+treehuggersite+%28Treehugger%29

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