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World's first commercial biofuel flight from Australia to the US

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Qantas is set to fly a plane powered by mustard from Australia to the US in the world's first biofuel flight.

Early next year the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will fly to Los Angeles on a mix of standard jet fuel and 30 percent biofuel made from a type of mustard seed, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.






Canadian agricultural technology company Agrisoma Biosciences has partnered with Qantas to establish an aviation biofuel seed crop in Australia by 2020 with Brassica Carinata seeds- also known as Ethiopian mustard.

In a trial run by the University of Queensland the seed was successfully grown in Gatton, Queensland.


Qantas International chief executive Alison Webster said the project's goal was to grow 40,000 hectares of the mustard seed in contracts with Australian farmers. A crop that size would produce about 200 million litres of bio-jetfuel every year.
 
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Stopgap tech. And extremely damaging to our worldwide food production, which I deem far more relevant.
 
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Biofuel production is already shifting from actual food source(corn cobs, soy beans) to cellulose based biomass, stuff that usually got turned to either feed or burned. New streamlined biofuel production using cellulose based biomass will eliminate the problem of food versus fuel.


Also recent discovery shows it is possible to generate biofuel (not ethanol based biofuel) from sewage sledge.
 

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is that similar to a poo toboggan?........:)
Everything that people threw down the drain. Sewer sledge after microbial treatment is super rich in both metal and organic carbon. Mega cities' seweage treatment plant will benefit quite a lot from these. At current stage they utilize the sewage for electricity production. With newer tech on the way metal reclamation, biofuel production and fertilizer production may all be realized
 

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Everything that people threw down the drain. Sewer sledge after microbial treatment is super rich in both metal and organic carbon. Mega cities' seweage treatment plant will benefit quite a lot from these. At current stage they utilize the sewage for electricity production. With newer tech on the way metal reclamation, biofuel production and fertilizer production may all be realized
Sewer treatment plants have been producing methane as a byproduct/fuel since the early 20th century so it's a good source of methanol even without the emerging technology.
 
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Quick video showing production of cellulosic ethanol.


The main workhorse of the entire procedure is a type of genetically enhanced yeast. Well technically it is no longer a yeast since the researchers have altered over half of its original genomic information. More like a hybrid, with genes originally found in bacteria, archaea, fungi and even some invertebrates fused into the back bone of yeast genome.

The cellulosic ethanol industry is slowly picking up pace. Most biofuel companies have put "bar codes" into the genome of their engineered yeast. Whenever someone try to steal these yeast and sequence them, the sequencing machine would shut down once a bar-code sequence is read. Pretty crazy stuff.

Honestly it would 100X more efficient if we used genetically enhanced bacteria to produce cellulosic ethanol. Problem is current regulation forbids the sale of any by product/waste, if the biofuel is generated by organisms other than yeast.

With US being the leading nation in producing cellulose based biomass AND cellulose based biofuel, this would be huge for future global energy market.
 
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Biofuel production is already shifting from actual food source(corn cobs, soy beans) to cellulose based biomass, stuff that usually got turned to either feed or burned. New streamlined biofuel production using cellulose based biomass will eliminate the problem of food versus fuel.


Also recent discovery shows it is possible to generate biofuel (not ethanol based biofuel) from sewage sledge.
Who feeds the pigs & cows then, also horses?

Nice, I wonder if it's commercially viable though, as oil & gas plus renewables are getting cheaper by the day, at least the latter.