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Jet takes flight using 100% Agrisoma biofuel

Emissions to be analyzed from NRC’s specially adapted Falcon 20


October 30, 2012
by PLANT STAFF

VANCOUVER — Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. has completed the world’s first civil jet flight powered by 100% renewable, drop-in biofuel.

The Falcon 20 jet operated by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) used drop-in fuel produced from feedstock produced by Ottawa-based Agrisoma. The private agricultural biotechnology company uses a proprietary Engineered Trait Loci (ETL) technology licensed from Calyx Bio-Ventures Inc. Calyx owns 25% of Agrisoma.

Agrisoma’s “Resonance Energy Feedstock” is a dedicated industrial oilseed launched commercially this year across Western Canada.

To date, flights powered by biofuels have been restricted to a 50% blend with petroleum. Using Applied Research Associates’ Isoconversion Process, Agrisoma’s oil was converted into a fuel that represents a complete replacement for conventional jet fuel, “enabling flight at 100% biofuel use, a breakthrough for the renewable fuels industry,” said the company.

“This historic flight symbolizes a significant step not only for the aerospace industry, but also towards advancing sustainable sources of renewable energy,” said the company in a statement.

The specifically equipped Falcon 20 streaked over Ottawa as a T-33 aircraft collected information on the emissions generated by the biofuel.

Research experts at NRC will analyze this information to gauge the biofuel’s environmental impact.

Agrisoma said production its feedstock will be significantly expanded next year.

View the video of Tim Leslie, NRC pilot, talking about the biofuel initiative.