Evaluation Of Biojet Fuel From Canadian-Grown Crops Underway | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date






Airborne On ANN

Airborne 11.23.15

Airborne 11.24.15

Airborne 11.25.15

Airborne 11.19.15

Airborne 11.20.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 11.23.15

Airborne 11.24.15

Airborne 11.25.15

Airborne 11.19.15

Airborne 11.20.15

EAA/ANN AirVenture Innovation Preview

AIP-#1 Vimeo

AIP-#2 Vimeo

AIP-Part 1 YouTube

AIP-Part 2 YouTube

Tue, Jul 17, 2012

Evaluation Of Biojet Fuel From Canadian-Grown Crops Underway

Test Flight Program Conducted By NRC and Agrisoma Biosciences Included Real-Time, In-Flight Measurement Of Biojet Fuel Emissions

Working in collaboration with Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is validating biofuels in the world’s first comprehensive flight program using Honeywell Green Jet Fuel.

Residing in an NRC Industry Partnership Facility for over a decade, the Canadian firm Agrisoma Biosciences has developed the Resonance oilseed crop; a non-food feedstock crop derived from Brassica carinata that is uniquely suited for production is semi-arid areas with an oil profile optimized for biojet fuel. The crop for the test flights was grown in Saskatchewan, Canada, in the summer of 2011 and commercial production of Resonance is now underway in Western Canada, providing a secure and scalable source of feedstock for biojet manufacturing.

“The impact for rural economies and for the producers who are growing these crops is extremely positive,” said Jerzy Komorowski, General Manager of NRC Aerospace. “From seed to sky, NRC’s comprehensive range of expertise and unique research infrastructure across many technology areas supported Agrisoma with the optimization of the oilseed all the way to the in-flight tests of the biojet fuel.”

Test flights took place in Ottawa, Canada, in May and June 2012, where the biojet fuel was tested in the NRC Falcon 20 twin-engine jet at a 50/50 ratio blend with Jet A1 fuel, and then at a 60/40 ratio blend – a first ever flight with higher than certified fuel blend. A second aircraft, NRC’s T33 jet, flew behind the Falcon 20 to measure the engine emissions during both biofuel and conventional fossil fuel operation of the aircraft engines. Systems onboard the Falcon 20 allowed the team to switch back and forth between the two fuel types throughout the flight series.

The data from these test flights is the first of its kind to evaluate biojet fuel emissions released in real-time in the atmosphere, giving a clearer representation of the environmental impact of flying with biofuels in comparison with traditional fossil fuels. Preliminary results are positive and indicate that particulate emissions, including aerosols of black carbon, sulphates and by-products of the combustion of aromatic compounds, are significantly lower from biofuels than from Jet A1 fuel. “This is great news!” said Steven Fabijanski, President and CEO of Agrisoma. “The results validate the substantial impact that Resonance-based biojet fuel has in reducing the aviation carbon footprint.”

Additional test results demonstrate that engine performance with the biojet fuel blend on the ground, in flight and during in-flight engine restarts was comparable to operations with Jet A1 fuel. And the use of biojet fuel did not require changes to ground handling, fueling systems or front-line maintenance practices. The research groups at NRC are continuing their analysis of the emissions and engine performance data. “We are pleased with the initial results and we look forward to the final data,” said Jim Rekoske, Vice-President and General Manager of Renewable Energy and Chemicals for Honeywell UOP. “Honeywell Green Jet Fuel has been used successfully for dozens of flights and the results continue to demonstrate its reliability as a sustainable fuel option that offers measurable environmental benefits.”

FMI: www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/rd/aerospace/index.html.


More News

Airborne 11.25.15: Blue Origin Reusable Rocket!, AMA Reacts, Transgender Pilots

Also: UK CAA, E-Fest 2015, Citizens In Space, Gulfstream G500, Dassault Falcon Jet, CFM LEAP-1A, Tuskegee's Milton Crenchaw ANN Airborne Link: /index.cfm?do=video.playVideo&vid>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.29.15)

Aero-News Quote of the Day "Thales pioneered fly-by-wire technology almost 40 years ago, and we believe that Cessna’s confidence in us as we embark on this exciting next step>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.29.15): Inner Marker

Inner Marker A marker beacon used with an ILS (CAT II) precision approach located between the middle marker and the end of the ILS runway, transmitting a radiation pattern keyed at>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.29.15)

Aero Linx: Mercy Airlift It is the Mission of Mercy Airlift to provide humanitarian aid on a nondiscriminatory and impartial basis to the victims of natural and man made disasters >[...]

Swedavia Selects Lockheed Martin To Deliver Next Generation Systems

Will Share Data Among 10 Airport Network In Sweden Swedish Airport Operator Swedavia has selected Lockheed Martin to deliver a new generation of multi-airport operational systems t>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC