Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Aviation Diesel from Waste Plastic to Fuel Sydney to London Flight

To show that synthetic diesel fuel made from plastic waste is viable for aviation, an adventurous pilot soon will fly from Sydney to London, about 10,000 nautical miles, using only aviation-grade diesel fuel made from waste plastic.

Jeremy Roswell will fly Sydney to London

d=”attachment_4922″ Jeremy Roswell will pilot a Cessna 182 from Sydney to London using diesel fuel made from waste plastic.

Pilot Jeremy Roswell will also be chasing a couple of records as he cruises solo at around 5,000 feet in a single-engine, high-wing, diesel-powered Cessna 182. The first record is flight time for Sydney to London in a plane of this type, and the second is to be the first pilot to fly an aircraft using synthetic fuel made from end-of-life plastics waste. The project is called “On Wings of Waste” and it developed after Roswell saw from the air the amount of pollution on land and sea. He is also concerned about the aviation industry using damaging fuels, and so became driven to testing a solution. He came across the Irish company Cynar PLC, which takes end-of-life plastic waste destined for a landfill and distills it into liquid diesel fuel using pyrolysis (oxygen-free) technology. Its first full scale End of Life Plastic to Diesel (ELPD) production facility already is operational in Ireland. Working with SITA/Suez Environment, a second plant has received planning permission in the UK and is now being planned. Cynar has a contract valued at more than 70 million pounds ($113.7 million) with SITA/Suez to set up a further 10 plants.

Map of Sydney-London flight

The Sydney to London test flight will take 4,000 liters of diesel fuel and cover about 10,000 nautical miles

Cynar says its technology is sustainable, releasing no emissions during production and yielding a fuel that’s cleaner and of higher quality than conventional diesel. The fuel has been tested in motor vehicles but until now not in an aircraft. Roswell’s flight will require about 4,000 liters of the diesel fuel, which requires five metric tons of plastic waste to produce. In answer to critics asking if there is enough plastic waste to create a sustainable aviation fuel industry, Cynar CEO Michael Murray in an interview with BusinessGreen cited the huge amount of plastics

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already in the environment, including landfills, and continuing consumer demand for more. Murray said 26 million metric tons of plastics go into U.S. landfills each year, while in Europe 15 million metric tons meet that fate. He noted that the fuel could be a viable alternative if the aviation industry adopts diesel engines, though it still needs testing and trials such as Roswell’s flight.

Aiming to take off in October

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or November, Roswell will land to refuel in Darwin, Christmas Island, Sri Lanka, Oman, Jordan, and Malta, and should arrive in London six days after leaving Sydney. To prepare for flight segments as long as 13 hours, he has gone through rigorous testing by the firm Zerorisk International. Now 41, Roswell has been a pilot since he was 14 and among his many flying adventures and experiences he counts a flight across the Pacific in a small single-engine aircraft.

Video: How Cynar Turns End-of-Life Plastic to Diesel Fuel

 

2 Responses to “Aviation Diesel from Waste Plastic to Fuel Sydney to London Flight”

  1. Beware of the risks………………..Plastic fuel will burn, but not like the JET a 1 fuel. Although you are running a single wing……I would no more try this than jump from 10,000 feet.

    You will not make it,,,,,,,,,,,,,,but I wish you much luck…….

  2. It is amazing to hear that technologies are now using the technique of converting plastics into diesel that can be useful for us and can be the source of income from a cheap capital. Plastics can be found everywhere and also can cause pollution by these projects it can be lessen and turning it to be useful one. But i doubt that it will work on jets as a fuel. But good luck hope it’ll work.

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