Sunday, September 13, 2009

These are Still the Early Days for Aviation Biofuels

Will keep this one short and sweet. Seems like balanced coverage is the order of the day. Compare the realistic tone and details of this short article in with the rah-rah tone of some of last year's Air Force's messaging on testing and certifying all of its planes on a 50/50 blend of J-P8 and synthetic fuel derived from natural gas. If I'm a betting person, I'm betting that biofuels are not going to make a dent in Naval Aviation's petroleum-based demand any time soon.

On the other hand, I'd want them to keep working on improving biofuels and to collaborate with USAF and everyone else for that matter. A significant breakthrough or two in this domain could really change the game.

Photo: US Navy

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