Virgin Airlines and LanzaTech are cutting carbon pollution together by creating breakthroughs in aviation fuel technology. This biofuel will use waste gases from industrial steel production. They will capture, ferment and chemically convert using Swedish Biofuels technology for use as a jet fuel.
The revolutionary fuel production process recycles waste gases that would otherwise be burnt into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide.
LanzaTech says this process can be applied to 65 % of the world’s steel mills. This can allow biofuel to be rolled out for worldwide commercial use pretty quickly since there is the feedstock.
They believe this process can also apply to metals processing and chemical industries, growing its potential considerably further.
Speaking as he announced the partnership today, the President of Virgin Atlantic, Sir Richard Branson, said:
“We were the first commercial airline to test a bio-fuel flight and we continue to lead the airline industry as the pioneer of sustainable aviation. This partnership to produce a next generation, low-carbon aviation fuel is a major step towards radically reducing our carbon footprint, and we are excited about the savings that this technology could help us achieve.
“With oil running out, it is important that new fuel solutions are sustainable, and with the steel industry alone able to deliver over 15 billion gallons of jet fuel annually, the potential is very exciting. This new technology is scalable, sustainable and can be commercially produced at a cost comparable to conventional jet fuel.”
Source: Digital News Agency