A Bombardier Q400 regional aircraft will fly using renewable fuel produced from camelina oil as part of a new biofuel test program. A six-partner consortium, led by Saskatchewan-based Targeted Growth Canada (TGC), expects to demonstrate the renewable jet fuel in a Porter Airlines Q400 turboprop by early 2012.

The Bombardier Q400 aircraft is equipped with standard Pratt & Whitney Canada PW150A engines. Sustainable Oils, LLC and Honeywell’s UOP will participate in the camelina biofuel test program on the Q400 aircraft along with TGC, Bombardier Aerospace, Porter Airlines Inc. and Pratt & Whitney Canada. TGC will work on crop optimization and growth, Sustainable Oils will pre-refine the camelina oil and Honeywell’s UOP will produce the hydro-treated renewable jet (HRJ) biofuel from the oils provided.

Funding for the project is being provided by the partners as well as by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), an arms-length, not-for-profit corporation created by the Government of Canada and Green Aviation Research & Development Network (GARDN).

The program objective is to optimize production and establish performance standards for refined camelina oil as a drop-in replacement for jet fuel that fits with the current refining and distribution infrastructure and with existing engines.

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