Future Planes Will Burn Sawdust & Straw

Airbus A380 blue skySounds too good to be true, but apparently this is a real possibility. From Reuters:

Passenger jets could be chomping on straw or flying on fuel extracted from sawdust in coming years as the search widens for cleaner alternatives to kerosene, French scientists say.

The “ProBio3″ project, started in early July and co-financed by a French government economic stimulus program, aims to use traditional horse-bedding materials to develop a new kind of biofuel that can be used in a 50/50 blend alongside kerosene.

“Tomorrow, planes will fly using agricultural and forest waste,” said Carole Molina-Jouve, a professor at Toulouse’s National Institute of Applied Sciences (Insa), who is coordinating the ProBio3 project.

“We already know how to set up a basic production line but we must move towards an industrial line,” she said. “We need to translate what is done in laboratories to the real environment while improving its profitability and efficiency.”…

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Great, as if we needed another reason to cut down forests.

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      modern farming has no concept of the value of straw or sawdust
      they’re key players in returning minerals back to the soil
      so it’s still mineral extraction for energy
      but this time we’re spending food for energy

      the Bronze Age collapsed for the very same reasons
      (clearing forests, burning everything that would)
      but in their case it seems to have been used to make bronze
      it looks like they killed off their civilization for bronze
      we seem to be doing it for money

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      modern farming has no concept of the value of straw or sawdust
      they’re key players in returning minerals back to the soil
      so it’s still mineral extraction for energy
      but this time we’re spending food for energy

      the Bronze Age collapsed for the very same reasons
      (clearing forests, burning everything that would)
      but in their case it seems to have been used to make bronze
      it looks like they killed off their civilization for bronze
      we seem to be doing it for money

      • Calypso_1

        Or for a bunch of rare earth minerals that form the basis for much of our money.

      • Calypso_1

        Or for a bunch of rare earth minerals that form the basis for much of our money.

  • Ceausescu

    What about cars ?

  • Ceausescu

    What about cars ?

    • Anarchy Pony

      Well, in a perfect world, they’d just all rust out and become sources of scrap material.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Well, in a perfect world, they’d just all rust out and become sources of scrap material.

      • VaudeVillain

        Cheap, reliable, ubiquitous teleportation will totally kick ass.

      • VaudeVillain

        Cheap, reliable, ubiquitous teleportation will totally kick ass.

      • VaudeVillain

        Cheap, reliable, ubiquitous teleportation will totally kick ass.

  • kowalityjesus

    This summer, they took the poplar trees off the state land around my cabin again for the first time in like 30 years.  This time it wasn’t men with chainsaws, it was giant machines and an onsite chipper which fucked up the sandy top soil.  

    Although they were likely using the wood fiber for paper, my uncle has warned me more than once that in the event of a war where fuel becomes extremely short, we can look forward to the clear-cutting of Michigan again.

  • kowalityjesus

    This summer, they took the poplar trees off the state land around my cabin again for the first time in like 30 years.  This time it wasn’t men with chainsaws, it was giant machines and an onsite chipper which fucked up the sandy top soil.  

    Although they were likely using the wood fiber for paper, my uncle has warned me more than once that in the event of a war where fuel becomes extremely short, we can look forward to the clear-cutting of Michigan again.

    • Simiantongue

      Why the hell didn’t you help Crysta save Ferngully? Not the hero type?

      http://fashionablygeek.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Crysta-Costume-2.jpg?cb5e28

      • kowalityjesus

        Because clearly its too freakin late, by about 20 years, judging by the growth of those trees, and the disrepair of that chainsaw which looks large enough to have been used by paul bunyan. In which case I would have let him have his fill.

      • kowalityjesus

        Because clearly its too freakin late, by about 20 years, judging by the growth of those trees, and the disrepair of that chainsaw which looks large enough to have been used by paul bunyan. In which case I would have let him have his fill.

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