Airbus, Virgin exploring eucalyptus as aviation biofuels feedstock

In Australia, Airbus has teamed with Virgin Australia to explore the use of eucalyptus mallee trees as a potential feedstock for renewable aviation fuel in Western Australia’s wheat belt using pyrolysis technology for processing. The tress are native to the region and have been shown to help rejuvinate salty soils. Airbus will lead the certification and approval process for pyrolysis-based aviation fuels.

Source: The Engineer, March 21, 2012

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