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Title: How Viable Are Biofuels in the Aviation Industry?
Author: Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor
Subject: TAM Airlines
Brazil
jatropha-based bio-kerosene
Airbus
CFM International
commercial
alternative
traditional
environmental
safety
standards
Lourdes Q. Maurice
petroleum-derived
U.S. Commercial Aviation Alternative Fuels Initiative
CAAFI
sustainable
feedstock
land
water resource
synthesized hydrocarbon fuel
biomass
gas
coal
Jeff Gazzard
tax-linked prices
sustainability
Kirk Haney
biotechnology
nonedible
greenhouse
cloudpoint
Daniel Chereau
CO2
CAAFI
Abstract: TAM Airlines, Brazil's largest carrier, announced Nov. 23 that it successfully conducted an experimental 45-minute flight off the coast of Rio de Janeiro using a 50 percent blend of locally sourced Brazilian jatropha-based bio-kerosene and conventional aviation kerosene. A joint project between TAM, Airbus and CFM International, the flight was the first flown in Latin America and the sixth worldwide since 2008 to use aviation biofuel. How viable are biofuels as a commercial alternative to traditional kerosene in the aviation industry? What environmental advantages or disadvantages do they pose? How advanced are safety standards for the use of biofuels or other fuel alternatives?
Date: 2010-12-17
Citation: Inter-American Dialogue’s Latin American Energy Advisor, December 13-17, 2010; pp. 1, 3, 6; online at www.thedialogue.org
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/12245


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