11 Oct '11, 3pm

Virgin Atlantic plans commercial flights using fuel from industrial waste #virgin #airlines #biofuels

11 Oct 2011: Virgin Plans Flights Using Fuel from Industrial Waste Virgin Atlantic Airways has announced plans to fly commercial routes using a waste-based, synthetic gas fuel that produces half the carbon emissions of the typical jet fuel. Using technologies developed by Virgin Atlantic Richard Branson partners LanzaTech and Swedish Biofuels, Virgin says it will capture and chemically treat gas waste from industrial steel production facilities into an ethanol that can be be converted into jet fuel. The company plans to run test flights in New Zealand within the next 18 months and begin commercial operations in China by 2014. LanzaTech, a New Zealand-based biotechnology firm, estimates that the process will be able to utilize gas waste from 65 percent of the world’s steel mills. In addition to using waste that would otherwise be burned, the technology would not rely on agr...

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