Final score: camelina aviation fuel reduces emssions by 75 percent

December 2, 2010 |

In Montana, researchers have published a report in Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, concluding that camelina-based biojet fuel reduces CO2 emissions by 75 percent compared to traditional petroleum-based jet fuel.
The research, in collaboration with UOP, a Honeywell company, was conducted at Michigan Tech University, a leading research university.

The study was based on camelina grown in Montana and processed into biojet fuel using UOP hydroprocessing technology, and follows news last month that the US Navy successfully tested camelina-based fuel in its MH-60S helicopter. The U.S. Navy and the Air Force have contracted with Sustainable Oils for nearly 500,000 gallons of camelina jet fuel  to be delivered in 2010 and early 2011. ASTM is expected to approve the spec for Hydrotreated Renewable Jet (HRJ) in 2011 approved in 2011, opening the door for further demand.

An earlier study had identified savings of as much as 80 percent on emissions.

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