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Scientists Develop ‘Grassoline’ to Power Airplanes of the Future

Submitted by on April 3, 2017 – 4:46 pmNo Comment

(Indian Express Tech)  In the quest of more sustainable energy sources, scientists have developed 'grassoline' - a biofuel derived from grass that could one day power airplanes. Researchers investigated methods that can disintegrate and treat grass until it can be used as a fuel.

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To improve its biodegradability, the grass is pre-treated at first. Then bacteria are added which convert the sugars in the grass into lactic acid and its derivatives, researchers said. This lactic acid can serve as an intermediate chemical to produce other compounds such as biodegradable plastics (PLA) or fuels.

The lactic acid was then converted into caproic acid, which was further converted into decane. Decane can be used in aviation fuel, researchers said. “Right now the amount of biofuel that can be made from grass is still limited to a few drops. The current process is very expensive, and engines should be adapted to this new kind of fuel,” they said.  READ MORE

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