Animal Fat in Airplanes: Could Biofuels Help Airlines’ Bottom Lines?
by Benét J. Wilson (BusinessJournalism.org) Right now, oil prices are down, but nobody expects them to stay there. That is why Airlines for America, the trade organization for the largest U.S. carriers, says its members are working to develop environmentally friendly fuels that could enhance the nation’s energy supply and reduce emissions.
- Fischer-Tropsch Fuels: The process converts a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide—derived from coal, methane or biomass—to liquid fuels, commonly known as Coal-to-Liquids;
- Hydrotreated Renewable Jet (HRJ) Fuels: These fuels are produced by refining natural plant oils or animal fats, that converts them from lipids to hydrocarbons through the addition of hydrogen. These hydrocarbons are processed to produce diesel, jet fuel and propane; and
- Renewable Synthesized Iso-Paraffinic (SIP) Fuels: These fuels are produced from hydroprocessed fermented sugars. SIP fuel may be blended at up to 10 percent (by volume) with conventional jet fuel.
CAAFI says that environmentally friendly alternative jet fuel derived from several feedstocks will be available to airlines within the next two to five years. READ MORE