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CEMILAC clears Biojet fuel for Aircraft; IAF to operate biojet fuel flight on January 26

For use of bio-jet fuel on all military and civilian aircraft, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), in collaboration with the Indian Air Force brought out a new standard for Aviation Turbine Fuels. These specifications align Indian standards with current international standards.

Jan 25, 2019 11:38 IST
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After months of ground and flight trials, the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), a premier military certification agency, on January 22, 2019 cleared the use of indigenously produced bio-fuel for use in the military aircraft.

P Jayapal, Outstanding Scientist and Chief Executive of the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification deliberated on the results of various tests conducted on bio-jet fuel as per procedure recommended by top certification agencies.

Only after complete satisfaction with the performance parameters, the agency formally granted its approval for use of this fuel.

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

For use of bio-jet fuel on all military and civilian aircraft, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), in collaboration with the Indian Air Force brought out a new standard for Aviation Turbine Fuels. These specifications align Indian standards with current international standards.

First flight of aircraft with a blend of bio-jet fuel on January 26

The approval will enable the Indian Air Force to fulfil its commitment to fly the maiden IAF An-32 aircraft on January 26, 2019 with a blend of bio-jet fuel.

Role of Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC)

Any hardware or software which 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.

Production of Biojet fuel

The Biojet fuel is produced from non-conventional source that is non-edible vegetable or tree borne oil.

The bio-jet fuel has been produced from seeds of Jatropha plant sourced from Chhattisgarh and processed at CSIR-IIP’s lab at Dehradun. This fuel will now be used on military aircraft.

Significance

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 additional income, increase remuneration for tribal and marginal farmers, and stimulate collection of oilseeds.

This is also a significant development that could reduce the carbon emissions and help India become a green fuel production hub.

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