Eco Innovator November 2011


GE Joins Aviation biofuel Consortium

GE has joined an Australian based consortium that includes Renewable Oil Corporation Pty Ltd and is developing a commercial biofuel for the aviation industry. The consortium is focusing on pyrolytic conversion of biomass from mallee eucalypt trees and intends to have a pilot biofuel production unit operating in Australia by 2012.

As part of its ecomagination initiative, GE is involved in developing fuel efficient jet engines in its sustainable transport portfolio and the development of biofuels is a natural extension of this, it said. As well as the development of the fuels, GE will assist with the certification process. Before being approved for commercial use, new fuels undergo rigorous tests in laboratories, on engine test rigs and in carefully monitored non-commercial flights.

As well as Renewable Oil Corporation, the consortium includes the Future Farm Industries CRC, Canadian biofuels company Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation, and Virgin Australia.

A recent CSIRO report estimated that the aviation industry could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17 per cent, generate more than 12,000 jobs and reduce Australia's reliance on aviation fuel imports by $2 billion per annum over the next 20 years through the adoption of biofuels.

Renewable Oil Corporation was established to develop pyrolysis projects. It has an exclusive technology licensing agreement with Dynamotive and works closely with Dynamotive and its partners.

Renewable Oil Corporation is funded by Australian, Canadian and European investors. Its board includes award-winning Australian engineers and the chief executive of Dynamotive.

Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation has a carbon/ greenhouse gas neutral fast pyrolysis technology that uses medium temperatures and oxygen-less conditions to turn dry, waste cellulosic biomass into bio oil. The bio oil can be used for power and heat, and converted into vehicle fuels and chemicals.

Renewable Oil Corporation wants to utilize wood residues and green waste to produce renewable liquid fuels, charcoal and chemicals. The pyrolysis plants will be built close to the sources of biomass.






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