Dutch Airline KLM flies ‘Green’ on a new biofuel that’s turned out of cooking oil

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Posted in Transports | Posted on 24-06-2011

Recycled Cooking Oil

The Dutch airline KLM Royal is ‘cooking up’ Green in a move that sounds too much to be true, but it is. The s company shall be launching 200 flights between Amsterdam and Paris that’ll take to a new biofuel turned out from recycled ‘cooking oil’. What’s even better, the fuel doesn’t warrant any changes in the design and mechanism of the engines in place on those 200 carriers. “The fuel is produced by Dynamic Fuels while it’s served across by SkyNRG,” the company’s managing director, Camiel Eurlings, said in a public release.

He further added,” November 2009 we demonstrated that it was technically possible to fly on biokerosene. Now, a year and a half after our first demonstration flight on Camelina, a new phase has been entered around the world, that of certification.”

If you think KLM is the first one to take to biofuels, it’s not. In fact Boeing, as it turns out, has already carried out trials of one its green flights back in 2009, when it tried out the twin engine 737-800 on a fuel extracted from algae and jatropha., in league with what then was Continental Airlines, the United Continental of today. ‘Green’ experiments have also been carried out by some other aviation biggies like Air New Zealand, Qatar Airways and Lufthansa.

As KLM puts it, the company is open to experimenting further, with different raw materials that can turn out more environmentally-friendly fuels in the future. But its not that KLM can be off to the races, the route to biofuels is not only expensive but takes time as well. As says Eurlings, ““The route to 100% sustainable energy is enormously challenging.

While KLM said it is open to using different raw materials to make more environmentally-friendly fuels, as long as they meet a range of sustainability criteria such as a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions and minimum negative affects on food supply, challenges remain. The costs of biofuels need to come down substantially and permanently.”

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