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Virgin Atlantic Completes First BioFueled Flight

In a 747 containing a stunning 5% biofuel, Virgin Atlantic proved that you can indeed fly a plane on bio-diesel.

There was actually some question as to whether it would be possible actually, because jet fuel has to stay liquid and levitra pfizer 50 mg non-viscous at extremely low temperatures. Most bio-diesel at those temperatures would become too thick to feed into the engines. However, a young biofuel startup in Seattle, Imperium, created a mixture that when mixed in ratios up to 40:60 with jet fuel, stayed usable.

The Virgin flight ran one of the four engines on a 20:80 mix of the Imperium fuel, for an overall replacement of it's cool info viagra 1/20th of the fuel used on the flight. Of course, with recent fears over the sustainability of bio-fuels due to replacement of food crops and deforestation, it's unclear whether bio-diesel is going to escape from this battle in tact. Only if large-scale production of bio-diesel from algae hits the mainstream will we see this technology taking off.

Ethanol has more of a future, as it's easier to buy cheap online levitra produce it in mass quantities from waste products. However, ethanol contains less energy than bio-diesel per gram, which is a trade-off the airline industry is unlikely to make, even if they can get it to run in jet engines.

Via the Wall Street Journal

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Gravity Powered Lamp . . . and a better
written by James, February 27, 2008
Hey Hank, just heard about these and didn't see anything about it on your blog, so here ya go. Totally up your alley, and, should be in everyone's home.

Yeah for an obvious invention that no one's heard of!!!
written by Daniel Rossi, February 28, 2008
Corn is for feeding people not to fuel engines
Drying oil
written by Joel, February 28, 2008
Algae produce a lot of omega-3 fatty acids, the kind found in flax, walnuts, shiso, tung oil...

These things produce a gummy, paint-like crosslinked substance if they're exposed to oxygen. That's why all these oils are used as furniture finish, as well as hippy nutrition.

I don't know if this applies to trans-esterified oils, with methanol or ethanol in place of the glycerin, suffer the same problems, but I could imagine a fuel line plugged with linoleum.
written by matt, February 28, 2008
Great post, great update. Imagine the possibilities of buy chinese herbal cialis air travel reducing its carbon footprint! Of course, the US FTA has its own restrictions so the cheapest prices for levitra change may not be as quick as we hope. Let's all push and promote the challenge the Sir Branson is throwing down!
written by EV, February 29, 2008
Corn is for feeding people not to fuel engines

There are other sources of ethanol besides corn that people can't eat.
Energy Independence
written by poetryman69, February 29, 2008
Stop funding the terrorists!

No more Oil Wars!

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Drill in Anwar.

Build more nuclear power plants

Use More coal.

Use more natural gas

Turn trash into energy

Double the efficiency of windmills and solar cells.

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If Brazil can do biomass/ethanol power so can we.

If Australia can do LNG power so can we.

Domestically produced energy will end the recession and spur the economy.

Stop paying oil dollars to those who worship daily at the alter of our destruction.

Preserve our Civil Rights and defend our Freedom by ending dependence on foreign oil.

written by monotonehell, March 02, 2008
Isn't the bigger problem with air travel the pollution being pumped directly into the atmosphere rather than the oil shortage? When did the oil derived carbon footprint become the be all and only best offers levitra generic canada end all?
Study biodiesel more!
written by Ugly American, March 05, 2008
Biodiesel has a much higher systemic yield than bioalcohol.

The primary reason is BD is made from oil. Oil self separates from water. It's then reformed into something much closer to jet fuel than to petrodiesel which is generally 80% wax disolved in 20% lighter hydrocarbons.

Ethanol and other alcohols won't self separate from water. Ever see a bottle of vodka seperate? Even the strongest yeasts only give about 20% alcohol, the rest is water. The huge waste with fuel alcohols comes from separating the alcohol from the levitra best price water, most often by boiling it off. Heating takes energy, so the total energy yield goes way down at the refining stage.
written by campbell, March 28, 2008
a 747 has four engines. running only one of those on a biofuel mix does not make for much of a feat. flying on all four might be somewhat more definitive.

regardless......again, ANY incremental increase in fuel effeciancies of AIRPLANES is virtually doomed to be negated by the increase in air traffic demand.

whereas, flying AIRSHIPS, on pure solar power will revolutionize air transport and cure 99% of those environmental issues raised in the use of airplanes.

Sir Richard actually knows this; he already has interest in lighter-than-air flight....he just needs to champion it more.

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