Monday, May 16, 2011

Future of flight: Fuel for thought



Future of flight: Fuel for thought


The future of flight was supposed to come from hydrogen-powered planes, but kerosene still fuels the world's jets. So how will we fly when it runs out? Michael Fitzpatrick investigates

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Blue sky thinking: a jumbo jet flies past the moon. Is the airline industry doing enough to stay up in the air when jet fuel runs out?

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Blue sky thinking: a jumbo jet flies past the moon. Is the airline industry doing enough to stay up in the air when jet fuel runs out?

It took just 32 seconds to extinguish faith in the airship and the hydrogen that once buoyed the Hindenburg, which erupted in a fatal inferno 70 years ago. Now hydrogen has been ditched again by the flight industry. But this time the promised "green" fuel for powering flights of the future has been quietly shelved in favour of biofuels and more fuel-sipping aviation.

"Hydrogen isn't getting a serious look in now by aircraft and engine manufacturers. It is unlikely to meet anything near to standards required for safe operation of aircraft," says Christopher Surgenor, editor and publisher of GreenAir, an online publication focused on aviation and the environment.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/future-of-flight-fuel-for-thought-2284963.html

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Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass.

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