India will see its first ever biofuel flight today i.e August 27, 2018. SpiceJet planned to operate a turboprop, Q-400, from Dehradun to Delhi while utilizing this sustainable alternative.
The other countries like the United States and Australia have tested commercial flights on biofuel and India has become among the first developing nations to make such an initiative.
As per the sources, the plan is to take off the biofuel-powered Bombardier Q-400 from Dehradun, it will fly over the city for 10 minutes and then return. If the test resulted in favor, then the plane will take off again and the second time, it will head to Delhi.
Many officials including DGCA and other regulatory agencies will be present on board to check the process of this biofuel attempt.
This year, Australian carrier Qantas flew a Dreamliner Boeing 787-9 between Los Angeles and Melbourne. It has been observed that the fuel for the 15-hour flight was mixed one and the 10 percent was from the industrial type of mustard seed.
In the year 2011, Alaska Airlines operated some flights by using biofuel which was prepared with 50 percent of cooking oil. Whereas, KLM also operated some biofuel flights between New York and Amsterdam in the year 2013.
National Policy on Biofuels 2018
The whole motive behind using the biofuels to reduce the dependency on fossil fuel. On World’s Biofuel Day 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the “National Policy on Biofuels 2018”.
The policy defines biofuel as being produced “from renewable resources and used in place of or in a blend with, diesel, petrol or other fossil fuels for transport, stationary, portable, and other applications. Renewable resources are the biodegradable fraction of products, wastes, and residues from agriculture, forestry, tree-based oil other non-edible oils and related industries as well as the biodegradable fraction of industrial and municipal wastes.” The scope of the utilization includes transportation and stationary applications.
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan posted on a leading oil PSU’s websites that – “several steps have been taken to improve the supply of ethanol for the blending programme that has resulted in supplies jumping from 38 crore liters in 2013-14 to about 141 crore liters in the ongoing season.”
The National Policy on Biofuels 2018 promoting a target of 20 percent blending of ethanol in petrol by 2030.