Applied Research Associates (ARA), Chevron Lummus Global (CLG), National Research Council of Canada


Oils seeds / Catalytic process




First civil aircraft flight using neat biofuels

The first flight of a civil jet aircraft powered by a neat biofuel was undertaken on 29th of October by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) from Ottawa International Airport. The flight was achieved in the frame of a cooperation between Applied Research Associates (ARA) and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and Agrisoma Biosciences Inc., a Canadian firm with a growing presence in the biofuel feedstock market.
The fuel used for the flight has been produced from a non-food oil-seed, from the mustard family, developed by Agrisoma, using the Isoconversion process developed by CLG and ARA. This process combines a catalytic hydrothermolysis process (ARA), which convert plant oil into a crude oil intermediate, with a catalytic upgrade (CLG) to obtain a fully drop-in jet fuel.
Currently, only the hydroprocessed plant oils (known as Hydroprocessed Esters and Fatty Acids - HEFA) are approved by ASTM for aviation use but with a maximum blending ratio of 50% with conventional kerosene. This is because hydroprocessed oils do not contain aromatics, a component of conventional jet fuel which is required for compatibility with existing aircrafts and infrastructure. According to ARA and CLG, the Isoconversion process could overcome this limitation.

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Created at 19/11/2012 4:43 PM by NOVELLI, Philippe
Last modified at 20/11/2012 5:59 PM by NOVELLI, Philippe