- Increased in oil prices have provided new incentives to develop alternative fuel sources for jet engines. Whilst the use of biofuels in jet engines is not new, recent technological advances have meant that biofuel blends can be used without any modification to current engines.
- Biofuel blends using Jatropha plants, wood chips, and algae have all been tested, and testing by General Electric suggests that airline, aircraft manufacturers, and military clients can switch to biofuels without any modification to, or investment in current engines.
If successful, this technology may provide a platform for alternative energy use in air travel. Whilst this may be seen to be ‘greener’, Governments will need to carefully consider whether biofuel production is sustainable, and possibly incentivise industry investment in sustainable biofuel sources.
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