February Lecture: Sustainable Biofuels for Aviation; Greening the Deserts of the Earth

Robert Whitfield, Greener by Design

Thursday 28th February 2013 – 6.30pm, The Concorde Room, BAWA

Room 1, BAWA Leisure Centre, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG
The RAeS Bristol lectures welcome all interested members and non-members for this event.

Future emissions of CO2 will have to be reduced to meet global climate concerns. For aircraft in the foreseeable future there is no real alternative, such as electricity, to kerosene: aviation is faced with a need to generate kerosene from non-fossil sources. Over the last few years, huge strides have been made in demonstrating processes that can convert biomass to kerosene and meet technical standards. The outstanding challenges are now to meet sustainability standards and to manufacture and deliver sufficient quantities of such fuel at a price that does not take aviation beyond the reach of consumers. What technical solutions are available to meet the large volume sustainability demands? The European Commission and industry have published a road map to 2020 but are their objectives achievable? Will the policies of governments across the world support or inhibit progress? Do coastal deserts offer a way forward? The RAeS Bristol Branch looks forward to welcoming you to our February lecture.

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