For the first time, India has achieved a new position in aviation industry by flying aircraft from biofuel. Spice jet successfully tested this flight between Bombayardi Q-400 from Dehradun to Delhi. Along with this, India joined the category of those countries, which have flown a plane with biofuel. Its development has been going on for more than a decade but it is expected to accelerate after the trial. Developed countries such as Canada, Australia and America have done so, but in developing countries, India has become the first country to achieve this achievement. Let’s say that earlier this year; the world’s first biofuel flight flew to Melbourne from Los Angeles.
Spice Jet said that he successfully completed the successful flight of Flight from Biofuel. The fuel used for this flight was a mixture of 75 percent aviation turbine fuel (ATF) and 25 percent of biofuel. In the statement in the airline, the advantage of using biofuel compared to ATF is that it reduces carbon emissions as well as fuel efficiency increases. Spice Jet said that this fuel made from jatropha crop has been developed by the CSIR-Bhatia Petroleum Institute, Dehradun. About 20 people boarded the test flight. These included the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Spice Jet officials. An airline official said that the flight was about 25 minutes.
Spice Jet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said that the cost of bio-jet fuel is low and at the same time it significantly reduces the carbon emissions. He said, ‘In this, our dependence on each flight on our conventional aircraft fuel can be reduced by around 50 percent. This will also reduce the rental. Bio Jet Fuel is accredited by the American Standard Testing System (ASTM) and it meets the standards of commercial Pratt & Whitney and Bombardier commercial applications.
What will be the advantage of biofuel?
Biofuel is made from vegetable oils, recycled grease, moss, animal fat etc. It can be used instead of fossil fuels. In fact, the Global Association, named by the airlines International Air Transport Association (IATA), has targeted that the carbon generated from their industry will be reduced by 50 percent by 2050. According to an estimate, the carbon emitted in the aviation area can be reduced by 80 percent due to the use of biofuel.
What is the plan of India?
India wants to reduce its dependence on oil imports. PM Modi also recently released the ‘National Policy for Biofuel 2018’. It aims to increase the production of ethanol by 3 times in the next 4 years. If this happens then the oil imports can be saved up to Rs 12,000 crore.