Canadian flight operates on 100 percent biofuel

By Staff | November 20, 2012

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. and the National Research Council of Canada have successfully completed a civil jet flight using 100 percent biobased jet fuel. The fuel was manufactured from Resonance Energy Feedstock. Agrisoma contributed feedstock to the project. The company is commercializing the oilseed crop Brassica carinata, commonly known as Ethiopian mustard. The resulting oil was refined into biobased jet fuel using Applied Research Associates’ Isoconverson Process. The biojet was then used to fuel NRC’s Falcon 20 jet.

As part of the test flight, a second aircraft, the T-33, tailed the Falcon in flight to collect emissions data. Researchers at the NRC will analyze the data to better understand the emission profile of the fuel and the environmental impacts of biofuels. Preliminary results are expected to be released later this year.