Soon, garbage to power planes

In a world first, British Airways is planning to use garbage to power its flights in an ambitious project which aims to convert municipal waste into 50,000 metric tonnes of jet fuel per year. The project will attempt to convert trash into a drop-in fuel for air-planes by 2017. While the world’s first factory to turn garbage into jet fuel will come up in about three years, waste-fuelled transatlantic flights could come soon after. Turning garbage into bio-fuel generates twice as much energy as incinerating it for trash, British Airways’ head of environment Mr Jonathan Counsell said. “What we get from that is a very pure, high-quality fuel,” said Counsell. to Counsell, recent life-cycle analyses indicate that the fuel could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 95% compared to fossil fuels.

Source: Times of India

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