Advanced aviation biofuel

Unlike ground transport, where electric or hydrogen cars can be used, aviation will continue to depend on liquid fuels that have a high energy content.

Given that aviation fuels account for 5% of the world’s transport fuel use and 15% of Australia’s, how do we address this?

A pivotal collaboration between AIBN, the Queensland Government, Boeing, GE, Mackay Sugar Ltd and IOR Energy, has seen the development of an advanced new aviation biofuel made from sugarcane.

The process centres on sucrose fermentations. Researchers used systems and synthetic biology techniques to improve the performance of microbial production strains in the process.
The potential clean energy and environmental benefits, in addition to economic benefits for the sugarcane industry, farmers and communities, are limitless.

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