Blended Biodiesel

SEP 19

Preliminary   > Environment and Ecology   >   Pollution   >   Loss of biodiversity in india

In news:

  • As part of efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is looking to fly an AN-32 transport aircraft modified to operate on 10% blended biodiesel for 200 flight hours in the next six months.

More on the news:

  • The IAF AN-32 took flight on biodiesel blended with aviation turbine fuel (ATF).
  • The biofuel was extracted from Jatropha plant seeds using a technology patented by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun.
  • The plan is eventually to expand the usage of aviation turbine fuel blended with biodiesel to all fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft through evaluation and certification.
  • Such usage has the dual benefit of reducing carbon footprint as well reducing the usage of fossil fuels, which will also result in savings for the IAF.

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