Virgin Atlantic to start low-carbon flights

Alcohol-to-jet fuel made from waste industrial gases
Virgin Atlantic says it will start low-carbon flight trials next year, now it has received the first batch of jet fuel made from waste industrial gases from steel mills.
The airline has been working with fuel specialist LanzaTech for five years to develop an alcohol-to-jet (AtJ) fuel, known as Lanzanol.
The first 1,500 gallons of the fuel was produced by LanzaTech in China and passed initial performance tests “with flying colours”, the carrier said.
Carbon is captured from the carbon monoxide emitted by steel mills. This is fermented to make ethanol, each gallon of which produces half a gallon of aviation fuel.
“The process could be used to capture and recycle around a third of the carbon that steel facilities would otherwise release into the atmosphere,” Virgin Atlantic explains. “Initial analyses suggest the new fuel will result in carbon savings of 65% compared to conventional jet fuel.”


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