Apr. 17, 2012, Sydney - The Australian government is giving a grant of
A$500,000 ($515,000) to Australian carrier Qantas and Shell to study the long-term viability
of biofuel and produce low-carbon alternative aviation fuels in
The study follows the first commercial flight by Qantas partially powered by a biofuel with a return flight between Sydney and Adelaide on 13 April. Qantas plans to make a further flight using a biofuel blend when its low-cost carrier arm Jetstar flies between Melbourne and Hobart on 19 April.
"The study will also investigate the opportunity to use existing refining plant and fuel distribution infrastructure for aviation biofuel production," Australian energy minister Martin Ferguson said.
The biofuel is supplied by Dutch-based biofuel producer SkyNRG, comprising a 50:50 blend of cooking oil and conventional jet fuel certified for use in commercial aviation. The carbon footprint of the biofuel blend is around 60pc smaller than that of conventional jet fuel, Qantas said.
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