India to test first biofuel-powered Flight
India on Monday would join the elite club of nations who have operated a flight on alternative energy source like biofuel. According to a ToI report, SpiceJet is planning to operate a flight from Dehradun to Delhi using biofuel, which would be first such experiment in India. While developed countries like Canada, Australia and US have already conducted these test flights, India would be the first developing nation to experiment that.
Sources say the plan is that the biofuel-powered Bombardier Q-400 will take off from Dehradun, fly over the city for 10 minutes and then return there. If the test goes well, then the plane will take off again and this time head to Delhi.
Officials from several regulatory agencies, including the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), will be on board to see the result of this flight.
An epoch-making development – the first test-flight of a commercial aircraft on #Biofuel, developed by #IndianInstituteOfPetroleum (IIP), Dehradun – a laboratory under @CSIR_IND. @PMOIndia, @dpradhanbjp. @PIB_India. pic.twitter.com/nggyVZ90ve
— Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) August 25, 2018
This January, Australian carrier Qantas flew a Dreamliner Boeing 787-9 between Los Angeles and Melbourne. The fuel for this 15-hour flight was a blended one that was 10 per cent derived from an industrial type of mustard seed. In 2011, Alaska Airlines operated some flights using biofuel made of 50 per cent used cooking oil. And KLM had operated a few biofuel flights between New York and Amsterdam in 2013. The blending is capped for aviation biofuel.
India is also trying to promote biofuels to reduce dependence on fossil fuel. On August 10, World Biofuel Day 2018 was organised in Delhi where Prime Minister Modi released the “National Policy on Biofuels 2018”. This policy describes biofuel as being produced “from renewable resources and used in place of or in blend with, diesel, petrol or other fossil fuels for transport, stationary, portable and other applications.
The National Policy on Biofuels 2018 envisages a target of 20 per cent blending of ethanol in petrol by 2030.
Originally Published In The Times Of India