Rolls Royce trials Jatropha biofuel in Derby

Rolls Royce is trialling Jatropha biofuel at its test beds in Derby, in the Midlands of England, the engine maker is working with Air New Zealand which is planning to fly a Boeing from Aukland using the fuel in one engine in December.

As someone who went to sleep and woke up to the rumble coming from Wilmore Road. This is good news should help to protect jobs. Call me sad, but I’m always happier flying on planes powered by Rolls Royce engines.

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4 Responses to Rolls Royce trials Jatropha biofuel in Derby

  1. David B. Benson 4 November, 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    Stop the presses!

    “Oil Creation Theory Challenged by Fuel-Making Fungus”:

    http://www.livescience.com/environment/081104-fungus-fuel.html

    Wow! Myco-diesel appears that it will be very easy to make.

  2. Pradeep 5 November, 2008 at 5:48 am #

    Having seen my share of closed British factories (ex: the Raleigh Nottingham bicycle works), I agree. But these new jobs will likely require worker re-training.
    Also, the oil will be sourced from various developing countries. Hmm…
    “The Jatropha oil was produced from seeds grown on environmentally sustainable farms in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and India.”

  3. Simon Robinson 5 November, 2008 at 9:30 am #

    Hi Paradeep,

    I take your point about the Raleigh Nottingham bicycle works they closed because they were making low tech products. The profit margins were too thin to support expensive western jobs. Ideally, jet engines are a bit trickier to make than bikes and the industry should be inherently more profitable. By keeping on top of developements like biofuels firms like Rolls Royse will be able to retain some of their competitive strength.

  4. Pradeep 6 November, 2008 at 6:03 am #

    Simon,
    I think you have a point there.
    More details from the Green Car Congress blog:
    http://www.greencarcongress.com/2008/11/jatropha-derive.html

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