There have been reports of aviation companies trying to reduce emissions and petroleum use by powering jets with biofuel blended fuel, the National Research Council of Canada has now removed the fossil fuel component completely by powering a civil jet with 100 percent biofuel. The milestone flight that took place on October 29 over Ottawa saw both the engines of a specially equipped Dassault Falcon 20 business jet powered by biofuel derived from oilseed crops.
The biofuel powered jet was tailed by a T-33, which collected data on the emissions produced by the jet flying ahead. The data will be used to gain a better understanding of the environmental impact of biofuel. The jet was powered by ReadiJet, drop-in jet biofuel that is produced from Resonance Energy Feedstock, developed by Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.
Made using Ethiopian mustard, the oilseed is ideally suited to the semi-arid growing conditions of Canada and has high yield and high oil content. The feedstock is converted to biofuel using an Isoconversion Process, which is quick, affordable and uses water at high temperature and pressure to convert renewable oil into a biocrude. The end results according to the developers are virtually indistinguishable from their petroleum counterparts.