Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on November 20, 2007
Now that cars and trucks are greening out, people are probably starting to wonder what’s next in the green transportation market.
Well, the exciting news is here. Aircrafts are on the verge of doing their environmental part!
That’s right. Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines started planning a in Virgin Fuels to produce ethanol fuel in the U.S. that is environmentally responsible.
It seems the race is on between Virgin Airlines and Air New Zealand to see who will be the first to test this safer fuel. The rumor is that Virgin was scheduled to test-fly at the end of 2008, but when Air New Zealand announced their plans to test an aircraft with bio-fuel and kerosene in 2008, Virgin decided they had to be the first. Sir Richard plans to test a 747 with a renewable fuel in the next few months. The Virgin Group is currently working with Boeing Co. and GE Aviation, a unit of General Electric, to develop the fuel.
The two main ingredients that are to be used in the new fuel are ethanol (made form U.S. corn and sugar cane from Brazil) and butanol. The only problem with the mixture is that ethanol it is naturally corrosive and it freezes at an altitude at 15,000 feet.
Other than that, it sounds to me like a new and exciting way to get around the earth without harming it.