First Trans-Atlantic Flight Fueled by Biofuel
The aviation industry is very keen on biofuels, and heavy investment is being made by major airlines as well as jetplane manufacturers. Boeing—one of the most prolific names in air travel—will be the first to complete a commercial trans-Atlantic flight using biofuel. A Boeing 747-8 commercial freighter is scheduled to arrive at the International Air Show in Paris next week to mark the pivotal event.
The Boeing jetliner is to be fueled with a 15 percent biofuel blend, using biofuel derived from the camelina plant.
The landmark flight is a nod to the coming jet fuel specifications to be published by the aviation fuels global standards body later in the year. The standards could allow up to 50 percent blends of biofuels to be used as aviation fuel in commercial airliners.
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Boeing spokesman Terrance Scott claims that many airlines are working together to set up agreements in preparation for the new standards. While cost of tradition aviation fuel is still lower than biofuels, the industry wants to be prepared. “As an industry, we have to find a way to eliminate the volatility,” said Scott. “We won’t predict when peak oil is going to happen, or whether it has already happened. But you need to get going on this.”
The June 20 flight will be fueled by Honeywell’s biofuel blend, who reportedly claims that airlines won’t need to worry about changing their airline fleets to function properly with biofuels, even with blends of 50 percent.
Amazon's renewable energy projects surpass 200 milestone
Amazon claims it is now Europe's largest corporate buyer of renewable energy as its projects surpassed 200 globally.
Broken down, it has 136 solar rooftops on facilities and stores and 71 utility-scale wind and solar projects, nine of which were announced today covering the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and UK. They include:
First solar project paired with energy storage Based in California’s Imperial Valley, Amazon’s first solar project paired with energy storage allows the company to align solar generation with the greatest demand. The project generates 100MW of solar energy, and includes 70MW storage.
It now has more than 2.5 GW of renewable energy capacity, enough to power more than two million European homes a year, and aims to power all its activities with renewables by 2025 and net zero by 2040.
Amazon and Global Optimism co-founded The Climate Pledge in 2019, a commit ment to reach the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net-zero carbon by 2040. The pledge now has 53 signatories, including IBM, Unilever, Verizon, Siemens, Microsoft, and Best Buy.
A map of all of Amazon’s renewable energy projects around the world can be found here.