Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (SPK) is a biofuel that has been hailed by the aviation industry as a means of curbing carbon emissions from aircraft.
Developed using plants such as jatropha, algae and camelina, bio-SPK fuel has been successfully trialled by commercial aircrafts at a blend ratio of up to 50 per cent with traditional jet fuel.
Tests are on-going and various SPK fuels its are now seeking regulatory approval for use on commercial flights.
A coalition of companies from across the aviation industry, including Boeing, Continental Airlines, Air New Zealand and Rolls-Royce, have also found that Bio-SPK outperforms traditional petroleum-based aviation fuels. A study revealed that Bio-SPK delivers a cleaner burn resulting in improved fuel efficiency and less wear on engine components.
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