Sunday, November 23, 2008

Jatropha will be in air soon!

Biofuel - Alternative to petroleum for reducing carbon-dioxide emissions. Now its turn for Jatropha! A Boeing 747 belonging to Air New Zealand will be powered by a mixture of this biofuel and conventional fuel, developed by UOP (A Honeywell Company)!

The jatropha oil contains oxygen, inorder to make the oil a hydrocarbon, hydrogen gas is added which removes the oxygen. This hydrocarbon molecules are then broken into shorter molecules through a hydrocracking refining process, and the linear molecules are twisted in the chain, thus replacing conventional fuel without requiring changes to existing engines! It has lower freezing point, can be exposed to higher temperatures without degrading, and can cover farther distances. Have a smooth, successful and safe test flight on December 3.