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Monday, September 12, 2016

Biofuels : A hope for greener aviation

In the 1930’s, the aviation industry was in the midst of the major transformation as aircraft manufacturing was getting modernized. Even though in the first sight at some of the present aircraft, we can say it’s pretty similar like as it looked in the era of 1960’s i.e. it was basically a long metallic tube with some wings on its sides, but as we get closer to have a clear view at these, planes of today are:
  • made of much lighter materials including composites,
  • engine is far more efficient now,
  • Several interesting aerodynamic features like winglet has been introduced for the plane to fly more efficiently.
  • Even when it comes to the fuel efficiency, we have seen an improvement of about 70% in last 40 years.

But the one thing, I wish to point out has not changed in last whole century is that the enormous amount of fuel is being used, which is even adding up to increase the pollution level with reducing amount of fuels in the nature at a great rate. The world is turning to governments and business to reduce the human impact on climate change. But in the recent past we have just got a clue about a new change that can be seen in upcoming future with the responsibility to revolutionize the aviation industry yet once again embark on a new journey.
Bio-fuels : A hope for greener aviation

Sustainable bio-fuels can be crucial to providing a cleaner source of fuel to power the world’s fleet of aircraft and help the billions of people who travel by air each year to lower the impact of their journey on our planet. Over the last couple of years, we have seen a major move forward towards the industries interest in the potential and sustainable bio-fuels for aviation. We have now even seen a whole series of successful test flights. Infect it has been so successful that we can now expect at least a small quantity of sustainable bio-fuel to start being used commercially in the next 3 to 5 years. Hence bio-fuel can be yet another milestone to be added in the history of aviation industry. Its use has been gaining popularity over the past few years because of their ability to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels. As a renewable energy source, bio-fuels is seen as a viable option for sustaining long-term energy needs if they are managed efficiently.
But after all, it is yet to be seen that how successful it can be in ever grooming Aviation Industry and how well it can compete with the era of fossils in the future.