Qantas Uses Honeywell’s Mustard Seed-Based Fuel for Trans-Pacific Flight

Honeywell announced yesterday that Qantas Airlines has used its mustard seed-based jet fuel for a 13,000-km flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne. This is the first time such a fuel has been used for a flight between the two countries.

canola-fields-1911392_1280According to Dave Cepla, senior director of Honeywell UOP’s Renewable Energy & Chemicals business, “Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can replace as much as half of the petroleum jet fuel used in flight, without any changes to the aircraft technology, and still meet ASTM specifications.”

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ is manufactured from Carinata seeds, a non-edible industrial mustard seed. “Depending on the feedstock, this fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 to 85 percent versus petroleum jet fuel,” Dave added.

The seeds for the flight were engineered by Agrisoma Biosciences. Qantas has partnered with Agrisoma to promote Carinata as a commercial aviation fuel crop in Australia. The first harvest of this crop is expected in 2020.

Biofuels, Environment

EU Parliament Agrees to Phase Out Palm Oil by 2021

On Wednesday, Members of the European Parliament voted to increase energy from renewables by 35% by 2030 and ban palm oil in biofuels by 2021. The MEPs also want to cap the use of first generation biofuels to 2017 levels.

First generation biofuels are derived from food sources by using conventional production techniques. Biodiesel, vegetable oil, biogas, and bioalcohols are some popular first-gen biofuels.

According to Claude Turmes (Greens/EFA, LU), co-rapporteur for governance, “Increased ambition on renewables, energy efficiency and a strong governance system based on a carbon budget approach will contribute to the achievement of a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 and to comply with the Paris Agreement.”

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Biofuels, Environment

Bioenergy Insight Conference to be held in Edinburgh

The Bioenergy Insight Conference & Expo will take place in Edinburgh from 4-5 Oct. The conference is organized by the Bioenergy Insight Magazine.

In the EU, Bioenergy will make up 50% of the 20% renewable energy target, according to the EU’s 2020 objectives. Moreover, biogas plants in Europe has tripled in the last 6 years. This year’s conference will bring together producers and stakeholders.

“We’re hugely excited about hosting the event in Edinburgh. Our research amongst last year’s delegates showed great interest in the city and Edinburgh has a rich heritage for attendees to enjoy and explore before, after and even during the meeting,” stated publisher of Biofuels International and Bioenergy Insight Peter Patterson


$10.73 Bl Algae Biofuel Market by 2025

New report by Grand View Research, Inc., estimates a global algae biofuel market worth $10.73 Billion by 2025. Environmental awareness and depleting fossil fuels will be the main factors for this growth. Algae has 2-20 times more yield than present biofuels, including corn, beet and sorghum.

Currently, the algae biofuel industry is facing three challenges including consistency in algae biomass cultivation in different regions and climates, high water requirement for production and insufficient technology for commercial production. Due to these factors, the market will make regional partnerships and collaborations for large scale productions.


Alternative Sources of Energy – Biofuels

Biofuels are an alternative to fossil fuels. They include aegis ethanol and derivatives of plant sources such as sugar cane, and vegetable oils. According to The International Energy Agency (IEA), biofuels may comprise as much as 10% of the global gasoline supply by 2025.

However, we are still in the process of developing biofuels that have the same energy efficiency of petroleum-based gasoline. Many nations are investing in biofuels. For example, Brazil has an ethanol output of 3 ½ billion tones/ year.