AusBN - Virgin Australia will run a two-year trail for the use of biofuels on flights out of Brisbane Airport, in a move that the Richard Branson-owned airline claims is a world first.
The airline has partnered with US-based renewable fuel producer Gevco Inc to supply ‘biojet’, a mixture of various biofuels and traditional jet fuel, to selected departing aircrafts from Brisbane.
Gevco’s biofuel is comprised of a number of plant-based materials such as sugarcane bagasse, molasses, wood waste and agave, and has the potential to be sourced from local providers in Australia.
“Although there is currently no commercial production of biojet in Queensland, we would expect the success of this project to see demand for fuel grow and provide significant opportunities for local biojet production here at home,” said Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“The opportunity will also translate to our sugarcane industry, who will provide the lion’s share of the biomass these refineries would need.”