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Planes of the future could run off sawdust


Posted on Thursday, 20 September, 2012 | Comment icon 14 comments | News tip by: BrianPotter


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Scientists in France are investigating cleaner alternatives to kerosene fuel as part of a new project.

Co-financed by a government economic stimulus program, the 'ProBio3' project is aiming to use traditional horse-bedding materials in a fuel mixture that could one day improve the efficiency of kerosene in airplanes. The move would not only help to save money but would also reduce pollution at a time where environmental friendliness is a key priority.

"Tomorrow, planes will fly using agricultural and forest waste," said professor Carole Molina-Jouve. "We already know how to set up a basic production line but we must move towards an industrial line. We need to translate what is done in laboratories to the real environment while improving its profitability and efficiency."

"Industrial or farm waste is broken down into sugars through enzymes, then mixed with microorganisms such as yeast, and transformed into lipids through the chemical process of fermentation."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by sergeantflynn on 20 September, 2012, 16:41
Where there`s muck there`s money . Farmers will control the price . Government will control the tax . Poor old soul buying the ticket will bear the brunt .
Comment icon #6 Posted by Setton on 20 September, 2012, 21:25
If you've got a spare continent to devote to growing it, sure...
Comment icon #7 Posted by Idano on 21 September, 2012, 0:20
Solent Green isn't people?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Junior Chubb on 21 September, 2012, 0:57
My Carpentry Plane created saw dust today, the circle is now complete...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Khaleid on 21 September, 2012, 5:16
I wonder if there's enough waste sawdust and straw to satisfy the amount needed for production of all that biofuel? If not, then this could lead to accelerated deforestation, which we don't need. Don't get me wrong, It's good that they're putting an effort in cleaner and more efficient fuels, but they need to make sure they account for the whole picture.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Odds on 24 September, 2012, 1:37
Sounds good to me, maybe they can come clean the building sites i work on so i don't have to end up sweeping the saw dust up every day. Everyone wins!
Comment icon #11 Posted by ~C.S.M~ on 24 September, 2012, 10:44
well we could use desert areas for algae plantations....
Comment icon #12 Posted by Setton on 24 September, 2012, 16:02
And how are you keeping them supplied with water?
Comment icon #13 Posted by JamesThomas on 27 September, 2012, 0:41
Rather than in the air...you mean? I guess the Spruce Goose would be right at home.


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