Virgin Airlines is exploring the use of oil from Australian eucalyptus trees to power future flight.

Virgin Australia, the country’s second biggest airline, has announced it was working with Melbourne’s Renewable Oil Corp. and Vancouver’s Dynamotive Energy Systems to work toward developing a commercial plant in Western Australia to create an alternative aviation fuel.  Their research will focus on refining the biofuel so it does not freeze at high altitudes.

Virgin’s CEO, Sir Ricard Branson says: “Obviously Australia has a lot of eucalyptus trees and, if we are correct, it would be a wonderful fuel for the future which won’t eat into the food supply.”

The demonstration unit is expected to be operational next year, followed by the construction of a commercial-scale plant, which could be operational by 2014.

See also this article in the Brisbane Times (Branson Looks to the Trees for Fuel).

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1 Comment on Eucalyptus Trees to Power Flight?

  1. Berlynn says:

    Whoever wrote this, you know how to make a good article.