Jatropha Curcas Takes Flight With Rolls Royce


Jatropha Curcas Biodiesel will be flying high as Rolls Royce Completes Testing on Jatropha Based Biodiesel before upcoming Air New Zealand Test Flight.

747-400, Picture Credit: The _Skunk_Works 2

Thu 6 Nov 2008 – The jatropha-based jet biofuel to power one of the four engines on the Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400 test flight set to take place next month has passed preliminary testing at the Rolls-Royce facility in Derby, UK. The exact date of the flight is to be confirmed once the fuel has completed a rigorous testing process to further validate its specifications. The airline also reports it has recently completed its first Required Navigation Performance (RNP) enabled A320 flight between Sydney and Queenstown, saving fuel and carbon emissions as well as reducing noise levels.

The biofuel test flight programme, the first using a second-generation biofuel, is a joint initiative between Air New Zealand, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and UOP, which has produced the jet fuel using its refining technology.

UOP process technology produced green jet fuel from jatropha that will power an Air New Zealand Boeing 747-400

(Des Plaines, Ill., November 11, 2008) — UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that its process technology was used to convert second-generation, renewable feedstocks to green jet fuel that will be used on a demonstration flight by Air New Zealand. Read the complete article, Source: AeroSpace and Defense Network.


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The jatropha oil has been independently sourced by Terasol Energy from southeastern Africa (Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania), India, and fulfills the three “non-negotiable” criteria imposed by the partners:

  • it must be sustainable and not compete with existing food resources
  • it must be a drop-in replacement for traditional jet fuel and technically at least as good
  • it should be cost competitive with existing fuel supplies and be readily available

Captain Philip Kirk, the airline’s A320 RNP Project Manager, says the technology will provide a more reliable service into the weather-challenged airport. “RNP also offers a range of commercial and environmental benefits,” he adds. “Because of its high precision capability, it can reduce noise emissions and significantly reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by using much shorter, curved approaches to airports.” Read the complete article, Source: Green Air Online.com

Terasol Energy is a leading producer of clean crude oil from next-generation feedstocks for the biofuels, chemicals and energy industries. Terasol Energy seeks to leverage its expertise in plant science and agronomy to develop and produce next-generation feedstocks that are truly sustainable and responsible. Terasol is focusing on the production of crude oil derived from castor (ricinus communis) and jatropha (jatropha curcas). Unlike first-generation oilseeds, the oil derived from castor and jatropha is inedible. Another important distinction is that unlike first-generation oilseeds, castor and jatropha are grown on marginal land, so there’s no risk of deforestation and they don’t compete with resources required to produce food. Both castor and jatropha can grow in semi-arid regions with less than a thousand millimeters of annual rainfall. Source: Terasol Energy Website.
WELLINGTON, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) — Air New Zealand will test what it claims is the world’s first second generation biofuel-powered commercial flight on Dec. 3.

The jatropha-based fuel for the Boeing 747-400 flight out of Auckland has been cleared for use by engine maker Rolls Royce, the airline said on Wednesday.The airline said the oil for the fuel was sourced from jatropha seeds grown in South Eastern Africa (Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania) and India.

Read the complete article, source: China View.

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3 Responses to Jatropha Curcas Takes Flight With Rolls Royce

  1. asbestos surveys April 28, 2010 at 8:05 am #

    I hope they continued with the testing and development of the Jatropha Carcus after the crash. This looked like a pretty amazing project so it would be a shame to see it halted permanently.

  2. ChemicallyGreen.com
    chemicallygreen.com May 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    @asbestos surveys: Thank u for your comments. Testing with Jatropha Curcas blends of jet fuel is on going and even the U.S. Navy has conducted tests on these biofuel blends and plans on using as major fuel for jet planes in the future.


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