84% Reduction in Jet Fuel Carbon Emissions Possible Using Camelina, New Analysis Shows
Test flights earlier in 2009 by Japan Airlines and Continental Airlines showed that biofuels were more efficient than petro-fuels when used as aviation fuel, and now a new life-cycle analysis shows that jet fuel made from camelina does indeed go a long way towards reducing carbon emissions from flying:According to the analysis, done at Michigan Technological University, at the behest of (a proponent of camelina as a biofuel feedstock) and UOP (which makes the technology used to process it into fuel), jet fuel made from camelina reduces carbon emissions 84% as compared to petro-based fuels.
Prof. David Shonnard of Michigan Tech:
Camelina green jet exhibits one of the largest greenhouse gas emission reductions of any agricultural feedstock-derived biofuel I've ever seen. This high number is the result of the unique attributes of the crop—it's low fertilizer requirements, high oil yield and the use of co-products, such as meal and biomass, for other uses.
Montana Alone Could Make 200-300 Million Gallons Per Year
The study was based off of camelina grown in Montana; estimates indicate that Montana alone could support 2-3 million acres of camelina cultivation (done in rotation with wheat), which would yield some 200-300 million gallons of oil each year.
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