Brazil airline to test sugarcane kerosene - reports

23 November 2009 21:36  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Brazil’s low-fare airline Azul Linhas Aereas plans to begin testing sugarcane-based kerosene in its aircraft in 2012, the Brazilian press reported on Monday.

The initiative results from a partnership among the carrier, US biotech firm Amyris, Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer and US engine manufacturer General Electric, the reports said.

Azul Linhas Aereas did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Under the agreement, initial tests will involve a mixture of 20-50% of sugarcane-based kerosene blended with regular kerosene fuel.

The reports from Brazil emerged as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on Monday operated its first ever passenger flight powered by a renewable fuel.

The company used a fuel blend of 50% camelina-based jet fuel and 50% traditional petroleum-derived jet fuel to power one of the engines in a Boeing 747.

“This is technically feasible. We have demonstrated that it is possible,” said KLM chief executive Peter Hartman in a press release.

The official said KLM would only consider using renewable fuels that did not compete with edible feedstocks or caused deforestation or excessive water consumption.

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