Airline industry could fly thousands of miles on Biofuel from a New Promising Feedstock

Plants Engineered to Replace Oil in Sugarcane and Sweet Sorghum (PETROSS), funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), has developed sugarcane that produces oil, called lipidcane, that can be converted into biodiesel or jet fuel in place of sugar that is currently used for ethanol production. With 20% oil – the theoretical limit – all of the sugar in the plant would be replaced by oil.

“Oil-to-Jet is one of the direct and efficient routes to convert bio-based feedstocks to jet fuel,” said Vijay Singh, Director of the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory. “Reducing the feedstock cost is critical to improving process economics of producing bio-jet fuel. Lipidcane allows us to reduce feedstock cost.”

Photo: Researchers extract juice from sugarcane that has been engineered to produce oil for biodiesel in addition to the plant's sugar that is used for ethanol production (credit: The PETROSS project / University of Illinois)

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