Virgin Australia Is Going to Experiment with Biofuels on Flights out of Brisbane
by Simon Thomsen (Business Insider) Virgin Australia will run a two-year trial mixing biojet fuels with regular avgas on flights out of Brisbane in a move the challenger airline is claiming as a world first.
US-based renewable fuel producer Gevo Inc will supply the biojet, through Brisbane Airport’s fuel supply system, where it will be mixed with traditional jet fuel and supplied on flights departing Brisbane in a two-year trial that will begin before Christmas.
Virgin Australia Group will coordinate the purchase, supply and blending of the fuels working with the Queensland government, Brisbane Airport Corporation Gevo Inc and others in a bid to lower the company’s carbon emissions. The airline says it’s the first time in the world that biojet produced using the alcohol-to-jet process will be supplied to an airport’s regular fuel supply system.
Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti said the Brisbane trial was crucial for testing the fuel supply chain infrastructure in Australia.
Initial supplies will come from Gevo’s hydrocarbon plant in Texas, derived from isobutanol produced in Minnesota, but the company’s CEO, Dr Patrick Gruber, said Queensland has “huge potential for low-cost sugar feedstocks to produce biofuels”. READ MORE
Gevo to supply jet fuel to Virgin Australia at Brisbane Airport (Ethanol Producer Magazine)