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Posted by on Sep 21, 2012 in Science |

Canada prepares the flight of the first aircraft to use biofuel in their engines

Canada prepares the flight of the first aircraft to use biofuel in their engines

One of the points they have in common data centers and industry is that both have a similar environmental impact since, in both cases, the emissions of greenhouse gas (or carbon footprint) amounts to 2% of global emissions. For the technology industry, companies like Google (which accounts for 0.01% of global electricity consumption ) are committed to clean energy and optimize the energy consumption of their data centers, the aviation sector seems increasingly sensitive gas emission reduction and is preparing the first flight of an aircraft that will use biofuels .

Through a public-private consortium, Canada will take off the month of October, the first to use to power their engines. The news is quite interesting and can be a way to reduce the environmental impact of the aviation industry as one of the most interesting details of this biofuel is that it is 100% vegetable mixed with fossil fuels (kerosene in this case).

This is the first time that a plane uses a fuel that is 100% renewable and also meets the fuel specifications for aircraft

Since the fuel is 100% organic, perhaps the medium to long term could replace the currently used kerosene and lessen the environmental impact of commercial flights or transport biofuels but also has its darker side. In this case, 40 farms (totaling an area of nearly 2,500 hectares) of Canada had to be used to grow oil crops (such as soya, sunflower or palm) with which generate this fuel.

Indeed, the need for large farms for the development of these fuels is the darkest part of this model. Many countries are destroying natural areas to accommodate large cornfields and soybeans to supply biofuel plants and, ultimately, destroy natural areas in these estates more to prejudice my own environmental contamination of petroleum fuels.

In the end everything depends on good management and an efficient policy not detrimental to natural areas nor detriment of consumers (controlling that plantations have traditionally focused on food production continue in the same line and not turn to biofuels seeking immediate benefits) and, indeed, there is no denying that this type of research is a good step towards sustainable development.

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