Algae into Biofuel for Planes
Airlines have been struggling to find cleaner ways to power jets, and scientists are working on a new way to make an alternative fuel—Biofuel made from algae. Scientists have been growing algae in open tanks at an Airbus site at Ottobrun, near Munich.
Airbus is part-financing the Munich Technical University to grow algae for biofuel, and even though this could be a long process, they have high hopes for this project.
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According to Thomas Brueck, Munich TU’s associate professor of industrial biocatalysis, the biofuel from algaculture can cater for 3-5 percent of jet fuel needs by the year 2050. Algae can grow 12 times faster than other plants which are cultivated on soils and can produce an oil yield around 30 times than that of rapeseed.
Brueck said that “To substitute 100 percent of the kerosene use today, we will not do it with algae alone. We need a combination of different technologies to actually enable that substitution.
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