Industry News

February 2011 Issue

Biofuels Take Flight: But It’s No Slam Dunk

Military demand has ignited a flurry of R&D and investment in turbine biofuels, but clear-eyed skeptics say the economics havenít been proven.

While the world of piston general aviation wrings its collective hands over an unleaded replacement for 100LL, the turbine market is caught up in a vast, breaking wave of biofuel activity. Even though heavily subsidized biodiesel is already finding a niche market, it looks like demand from the airlines, but especially from the military, is driving an explosion of so-called advanced biofuels development. As we reported in the December 2010 issue of Aviation Consumer, the ASTM approvals for bio-derived turbine fuels are already in place or soon will be.

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