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U.S. Air Force Rules on Use of Jet Biofuel

4:13 PM MDT | October 24, 2011 | Alex Scott

Tests by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL; Dayton, OH) have concluded that a plant-derived jet fuel produced by Virent (Madison, WI), using Shell and Virent technology, could be used to fuel jets. AFRL’s findings corroborate Virent’s claim that the biobased jet fuel warrants further study as a 100% renewable fuel and as a 50/50 blend with petroleum based jet fuel. “Today’s plant-derived aviation fuels are blended with conventional petroleum-derived jet fuel,” says Aaron Imrie, commercial fuels manager at Virent. “We...

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