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Jatropha plant fuel from Chhattisgarh to power Indian military aircraft

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The indigenously produced bio-fuel, which has been approved for military use, will now power IAF’s AN-32 aircraft during Republic Day flypast.

New Delhi: The premier airworthiness certification agency of the country has finally cleared indigenously produced bio-fuel for use in military aircraft, a massive development that could give a boost to commercial airline operators as well.

The Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC) has granted approval for the use of bio-jet fuel — after months of exhaustive ground and flight trials — that is produced from the seeds of the Jatropha plant. The fuel was processed at the CSIR-IIP lab in Dehradun, with the seeds sourced from Chhattisgarh.

The approval enables the IAF to fulfil its commitment to ensuring that the AN-32 aircraft’s maiden flight, on Republic Day, is conducted with a blend of bio-jet fuel.

For use of bio-jet fuel on all military and civilian aircraft, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), in collaboration with the IAF, research organisations and the industry, has brought out a new standard for Aviation Turbine Fuels. These specifications will align Indian standards with current international standards, an official statement by CEMILAC said.

This standard will enable the oil companies to manufacture bio-jet fuel for the Indian aviation industry. Given the advent of Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) by 2027, this is a significant development that could reduce the carbon emissions and help India become a green fuel production hub, it added.

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The CEMILAC approval

The approval for the bio-jet fuel came in a meeting on 22 January chaired by Jaypal, chief executive of CEMILAC. The agency deliberated in detail the results of various checks and tests conducted on bio-jet fuel as per procedure recommended by top national and international certification agencies.

Any hardware or software that is to be used on Indian military aircraft, including those operated by Indian Navy or Army, has to be cleared for use by CEMILAC before being inducted for regular use.

This clearance is a major step for continued testing and eventual full certification of bio-jet fuel for use on a commercial scale by civil aircraft as well.

Increased demand of bio-jet fuel would give impetus to increase in collection of tree-borne non-edible oil seeds, which, in turn, will help generate ancillary income, increase remuneration for tribal and marginal farmers, and enthuse cultivation/ collection of oilseeds, the statement said.

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  1. It’s almost more then a decade, it is in public domain that, ethanol can be blended with petrol, but, what is the result ? Is it not a crime towards socity for delaying implimentation of these types of research work, which reduces pollution save foreign currency and also gives much needed financial help to Indian farmers.

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