Archive | November, 2010

Chile’s Sky becomes latest airline to enter into biofuel pact

They’re coming thick and fast now, these airline/algae biofuel producer pacts. Check out the latest one between Chile’s Sky Airline and Florida-based renewable energy company PetroAlgae. British Airways got in on the act earlier this year when it teamed up with the UK’s Cranfield University on a project to push forward the use of algae […]

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Solena makes progress on waste-derived sustainable jet fuel plant

US bioenergy group Solena has moved a step closer to making its planned sustainable jet fuel plant in east London a reality. The group just signed a letter of intent with synthetic fuels producer Rentech, under which Rentech will provide its Fischer-Tropsch technology to convert gas derived from waste biomass into liquid biofuel for use in […]

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Weird and wonderful ways to reuse scrapped airliners

Instead of chatting to your office colleagues over a boring old desk partition, how about peering at them through an old aircraft window? This is just one of the innovative ways aircraft dismantling companies have come up with to recycle, reuse and resell scrapped aircraft to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill. […]

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USDA & FAA join forces on aviation biofuel

The US Department of Agriculture has teamed up with the FAA on a five-year MoU aimed at developing biofuels in the USA for use in aviation. For full details, take a look at the USDA press release or read agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack’s speech unveiling the agreement, in which he says that the USDA and the FAA […]

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Aircraft recycling on a global scale

As part of my research for a feature I’m writing on aircraft recycling, I just got off the phone with Martin Fraissignes, executive director of the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA), who let it slip that a project is under consideration to find a way of recycling all those abandoned airliners that have been left […]

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The ins and outs of reducing contrail formation

Contrails could be reduced by 78% over the course of a year by taking actions such as changing altitude to avoid their formation, according to Ambeo CEO Frank Noppel, who focused on contrail formation as part of his phD at Cranfield University. However, this would lead to a 1% fuel burn penalty, which would lead […]

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