• 5 minutes 'No - Deal Brexit' vs 'Operation Fear' Globalist Pushback ... Impact to World Economies and Oil
  • 8 minutes China has *Already* Lost the Trade War. Meantime, the U.S. Might Sanction China’s Largest Oil Company
  • 12 minutes Will Uncle Sam Step Up and Cut Production
  • 19 mins Iran Is Winning Big In The Middle East
  • 6 hours Trump cancels Denmark visit amid spat over sale of Greenland
  • 4 hours Not The Onion: Vivienne Westwood Says Greta Thunberg Should Run the World
  • 19 hours Nor Chicago, nor Detroit: Killings By Police Divide Rio De Janeiro Weary Of Crime
  • 17 hours Strong, the Strongest: Audi To Join Mercedes, BMW Development Alliance
  • 15 hours US to Drown the World in Oil
  • 5 hours OPEC will consider all options. What options do they have ?
  • 2 days Danish Royal Palace ‘Surprised’ By Trump Canceling Trip
  • 18 hours Gretta Thunbergs zero carbon voyage carbon foot print of carbon fibre manufacture
  • 21 hours With Global Warming Greenland is Prime Real Estate
  • 2 days A legitimate Request: France Wants Progress In Ukraine Before Russia Returns To G7
  • 14 hours Long Range Attack On Saudi Oil Field Ends War On Yemen
  • 1 day What to tell my students

Breaking News:

UK’s Oil Tanker May Soon Be Released

Alt Text

The Fatal Flaw In The Ethanol Industry

The ethanol industry is extremely…

Alt Text

Energy Storage Boom Goes Into Overdrive

Cheaper batteries and increased use…

Alt Text

Is Algal Biofuel A Lost Cause?

As algal biofuels fall out…

Green Futures

Green Futures

This article originally appeared in Green Futures magazine. Green Futures is the leading international magazine on environmental solutions and sustainable futures, published by Forum for…

More Info

Premium Content

Amber Light for Greener Flight: Lufthansa’s Extended Biofuel Project

Keen-to-be-greener airlines really do want biofuel to fly. Lufthansa was set to start using it from April, for a six month trial period, in a 50/50 mix with kerosene on its Hamburg to Frankfurt run. The company was keen to chalk this up as a first for a scheduled passenger service, after a spate of successful in-flight tests. These tests were carried out over the last two years with various biofuel blends by half a dozen operators around the world, along with the US military.

Lufthansa had anticipated approval by now from ASTM International, the regulatory standards body. But it’s having to hold its horses, apparently because engine makers like Boeing want more test data to make sure their warranties won’t be compromised in any way.

As a result, prospective investors in aviation biofuels are holding back too. But investment is needed to ramp up the sustainable production of biofuels to anything like commercial scale. Not to mention the logistical challenge of making biofuel blends available on tap at airports around the world. There’s also the cost question to contend with. Tom Enders of Airbus reportedly estimates that biofuels are currently 25 times more expensive than aviation kerosene. As soon as ASTM gives the nod to what’s technically known as hydrotreated renewable jet (HRJ) fuel, Lufthansa can start gathering experience. It will be using supplies from Finnish company Neste Oil, derived from vegetable oil, in an Airbus A321 plane, and closely monitoring the effects in terms of performance, pollution, soot, maintenance and so on. The six-month project, at an estimated cost of €6.6 million, is predicted to save 1,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

By. Roger East

This article originally appeared in Green Futures magazine.  Green Futures is the leading international magazine on environmental solutions and sustainable futures, published by Forum for the Future.  Its aim is to demonstrate how a sustainable future is both practical and desirable – and can be profitable, too.




Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage


Leave a comment

Leave a comment




Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News
Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play