Five Bio-Based Jet Fuels Approved For Air Travel

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said it has played an integral role in development of new alternative, environmentally-friendly, bio-based jet fuel, bringing the total number of these approved products for use in air travel to five. In a statement, the agency said that the newest fuel is known as ‘Alcohol to Jet Synthetic Paraffinic […]

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has said it has played an integral role in development of new alternative, environmentally-friendly, bio-based jet fuel, bringing the total number of these approved products for use in air travel to five.

In a statement, the agency said that the newest fuel is known as ‘Alcohol to Jet Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene’ (ATJ-SPK). It is created from an alcohol called isobutanol, produced from renewable feed stocks such as sugar, corn, or forest wastes.

“In contrast to traditional petroleum-based fuels, these new alternative fuels can reduce air quality emissions and are renewable,” the FAA said.

The agency collaborates with the aviation industry to approve alternative aviation fuels through the standards-setting organization ASTM International.

The FAA-industry Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) partnership was crucial in completing the necessary steps to support ASTM International’s approval of the new fuel, which “could reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a life-cycle basis by up to 85%,” the FAA said.

From Biofuels International: http://biofuels-news.com/display_news/10419/five_biobased_jet_fuels_approved_for_air_travel/

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