Algae-Fueled Jets to Fly in 2013
EADS Innovation Works, Airbus, and, ENN, a top Chinese bio-energy firm, have put ink to a memorandum of understanding to work together in the evaluating of microalgae oil-based aviation fuels. If they determine that these bio-fuels will work well in aircraft, the trio will promote use of the fuels in China's aviation market, one of the fastest growing in the world due to the fact that much of the rest of the world already has plenty of planes. ENN is a vital part of this MOU. It has developed a special plant just for this purpose and has to capability of producing 10 plus tons of algae-based oil yearly. These new fuels, if they work, are much kinder to the planet than are traditional fuels. Talking about just that, Dr Zhongxue Gan, CTO of ENN Group, said, “Applying algae biotechnology to produce clean energy using industrial waste, including CO2 and wastewater, is part of our carbon recycle program. Sustainability is crucial to our environment and the global community. ENN, as a clean energy provider, and Airbus, as an energy consumer, are striving to make sure that algal jet fuel can be delivered and used to reduce carbon emissions for the airline industry.” If all goes as hoped, the three companies will start running test flights in 2013.