Aviation Study Boosts Hopes for Biofuel

biofuel for jet planesIt is estimated that biofuels could cut carbon emissions by up to 80 percent and hopes for the renewable energy source were boosted following results from a recent study. Future Farm Industries Cooperative Research published a study which found that the mallee tree in Australia is a viable source for producing biofuel for the aviation industry in the region. In fact, the study said that the source could provide approximately 5 percent of the jet fuel needs for the nation.

The study predicted that if a plant were to be developed, biofuel could be produced by employing 40 people and using fast pyrolysis method. The study estimated that this idea could produce $30 million annually using just 1 percent of the country's Great Southern Region. It was however underscored that the figure could increase ten-fold if production was scaled up. In addition, the study found that aviation fuel produced from these trees could result in new regional industries.