Eco Innovator November 2011
GE Joins Aviation biofuel
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
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.