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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: World’s First Biodiesel Jet!

Posted By Jorge Chapa On October 16, 2007 @ 4:37 am In Green Transportation,TransportationTuesday | 24 Comments

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Air travel is getting greener- first the EcoJet [2] and Dreamliner [3] lower-emissions aircrafts hit the scene, and now with a ground-breaking development from Green Flight International [4], biodiesel has succesfully been tested for jet usage. Developed by Biodiesel Solutions and tested on an L-29 military aircraft [4] just last week, biofuel may just be the next sustainable frontier in the challenge to travel more eco-responsibly.

On October 5, The Biojet I, an Aero L-29 Delfin aircraft, took off from the Reno-Stead Airport and flew to an altitude of 17,000 feet. While the first tests were done with a mixture of Biodiesel and regular jet fuel, the last flight was done entirely on 100% renewable biodiesel fuel. According to the pilot, there was no reduction in performance compared to conventional jetfuel. Granted, the L-29 is a rather unique aircraft. Originally built during the 1960′s and better known as Czechoslovakia’s first locally designed and built jet aircraft, the plane is rated to fly on several types of fuel which makes it an excellent choice for testing biofuels. It will be interesting to see if this test can be translated to other plane models.

Are biodiesel fuels the future for airplane flights? “This test program between Green Flight International and Biodiesel Solutions was a unique and exciting opportunity to show what can be done in renewable fuels.” said Rudi Wiedemann, president of Biodiesel Solutions. “The very idea of using 100% biodiesel to fly a jet aircraft makes a compelling statement about the possibilities for the future of renewable energy and a healthier planet.”

+ World’s first jet flight powered entirely on renewable biodiesel fuel [4]

Via PSFK [5]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/10/16/transportation-tuesday-worlds-first-biodiesel-jet/

[2] EcoJet: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/17/easyjet-ecojet/

[3] Dreamliner: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/07/boeing-dreamliner-a-more-sustainable-aircraft/

[4] Green Flight International: http://www.greenflightinternational.com/pr.htm

[5] PSFK: http://www.psfk.com/

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