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BioFuelNet, Airbus and Air Canada to partner on advanced biofuel development

Canadian not-for-profit looks to reduce carbon footprint of aviation.

May 15, 2013   by Design Engineering Staff

13-may-biofuel-canada-airbus-360Not-for-profit organization, BioFuelNet, has signed an agreement with Air Canada and Airbus to assess the viability of various Canadian advanced biofuels solutions for aviation. Their research will focus on diverse raw materials, such as municipal solid waste and agricultural and forestry waste, as well as a range of conversion processes available for biofuel production.

“Aviation biofuels are one of the most promising ways to reduce the aviation industry’s carbon footprint, making air travel more environmentally-friendly,” Dr. Donald Smith, president of BioFuelNet and McGill University professor says. “Airbus and Air Canada are key players in the field, dedicated to finding the most sustainable fuel sources for the future of air travel.”

BioFuelNet was launched in 2012 as part of the Federal Networks of Centres of Excellence program, which funds BioFuelNet through a $25 million grant over 5 years. BioFuelNet brings together 74 leading researchers working on advanced biofuels in Canada, as well as industry partners and government, in order to accelerate research, development, and commercialization of advanced biofuels.


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