Scientists have discovered a new way to make Jet Fuel from food waste. This will reduce carbon emissions from flying. Most of the food scraps that are used are converted to methane gas.
Researchers in the US have found a way to turn waste into a type of paraffin that can be used in jet engines. The study has found that this Jet Fuel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 165% when compared to fossil energy. This figure is calculated from the reduction in carbon emitted from airplanes plus the emission that is avoided when food waste is taken from the landfills.
The UK government has announced a £15m competition to encourage companies to develop jet fuel from household waste products. Many aviation industries are trying to replace the fuel with a battery depending on the distance.
Making green jet fuel is similar to making biodiesel for cars and heavy vehicles. This uses virgin vegetable oil along with waste fats, oil, and green to make synthetic fuel. Currently, researchers have found a new way to turn food waste, animal manure, and wastewater to make Jet Fuel.
This is named wet waste and it is turned into methane gas. The researchers have found a way of interpreting the process so it produces volatile fatty acids and not CH4. They utilized a form of catalytic conversion to upgrade the Fatty acid to two different forms of sustainable paraffin.