11 Oct '11, 1pm

Virgin to Fly Planes on Waste Gas by 2014

Virgin Atlantic Airways plans to fly commercial routes, by 2014, with a waste gas-based fuel that the company says has half the carbon footprint of standard aviation fuel. Partners LanzaTech and Swedish Biofuels are creating the new fuel by capturing, fermenting and chemically converting waste gases from industrial steel production. Virgin Atlantic says this process recycles gases that would otherwise be burnt into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide, and overcomes the land use issues associated with some earlier generation biofuels. Virgin says this development will take the airline well beyond its pledge of a 30 percent carbon reduction per passenger km by 2020. The partners are piloting the technology in New Zealand, with plans to commission a larger demonstration facility in Shanghai this year, and to start the first commercial operation in China by 2014. Virgin Atlantic ...

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