From agricultural waste to aviation fuel

Chinese researchers have designed a new type of biofuel for aircraft. The have found a method to turn agricultural waste into high-density aviation fuels. The new invention is expected to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the aviation industry.

Scientists of the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics based their innovation on the use of cellulose, a main component of agricultural and forestry waste. The cellulose serves as a raw material to produce a polycyoalkane compound.

Technically speaking, this new compound features a lower freezing point and higher density compared with conventional jet fuels. This allows an aircraft to fly farther and carry more than those using conventional jet fuel. The biofuel can be used as a full alternative to current aviation fuels or as an additive.

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