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737 Jetliner flies on biofuel
One of the greatest green challenges for the future is to figure out how to power those 'heavy lift' high-horsepower vehicles for which electric motors are not going to be a viable option. A jet airplane is the most obvious example of something that has always looked like it would require high-octane hydrocarbon fuel made from crude oil. Zepplins look cool... but let's face it: Our world will not be replacing its jet airliners with blimps any time soon.
But necessity is the mother of invention and it now looks like that with enough incentives from world governments -- and enough commitment from corporate board rooms -- it will be possible create sustainable jet aircraft flying on bio-fuels made from plants we can grow.
Peter Pae, writing in The Log Angeles Times on January 8, 2009 reports on a bio-fuel test flight conducted by Continental Airlines using a twin engine Boeing 737 jetliner:
An interesting and unexpected side effect of the test flight on Wednesday, January 8, 2009 was that the pilot reported the biofuel-powered engine appeared to burn a smaller amount of fuel compared to that consumed by jet fuel-powered engine.
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