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Indian Bio-Jet Fuel Technology                        

30th November, 2021 Security


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Context: Indian Bio-Jet Fuel Technology Receives Formal Military Certification.

More about news:

  • CSIR-IIP Dehradun’s home-grown technology to produce bio-jet fuel has been formally approved for use on military aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
  • It will boost India’s confidence in aviation biofuel sector and is a step towards ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’.
  • The technology, developed by the Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP), a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, has undergone evaluation tests and trials over the last three years.
  • Earlier, an AN-32 aircraft, filled with blended bio-jet fuel, had flown over Raj Path at New Delhi during the Republic Day celebrations.
  • The fuel was also used on a civil, commercial demonstration flight operated by SpiceJet from Dehradun to Delhi.


Significance of this move:

  • This clearance will enable Indian armed forces to use bio-jet fuel produced using indigenous technology across all its operational aircraft.
  • This will also enable early commercialization of the technology and its mass production.
  • Indian bio-jet fuel can be produced from used cooking oil, tree-borne oils, short gestation oilseed crops grown off-season by farmers, and waste extracts from edible oil processing
  • It will reduce air pollution by virtue of its ultralow sulphur content compared with conventional jet fuel and contribute to India’s Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions targets.
  • It will also enhance the livelihoodsof farmers and tribals engaged in producing, collecting, and extracting non-edible oils.