Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. has realized its vision of delivering a viable source of biojet fuel, confirmed by the release of National Research Council of Canada (NRC) data collected in-flight during the world’s first flight segment on 100% renewable, drop-in biofuel. The biofuel was produced using Agrisoma Resonance™ Energy Feedstock, a dedicated industrial oilseed grown across western Canada. The in-flight data collected and assessed demonstrated that the Resonance biojet fuel was cleaner than, and as efficient as, conventional aviation fuel.
“We are thrilled with these results, which not only complete the value-chain of biojet fuel delivery from farm to flight, but also confirm the many environmental benefits of Resonance-derived biojet fuel,” said Steve Fabijanski, President and CEO of Agrisoma “We have realized our vision of delivering a sustainable, scaleable source of biojet fuel and Canada has asserted its leadership in green aviation.”
Specifically, the data and information analyzed found that, compared to conventional fuel, the biojet fuel:
- reduced aerosol emissions by 50 percent;
- delivered a significant reduction in particles (up to 25 percent); and
- decreased black carbon emissions by up to 49 percent.
Additional in-flight and static engine tests also showed a comparable engine performance, but an improvement of 1.5 percent in specific fuel consumption during the steady state operations. “We are pleased with these positive results. The flight went smoothly and the data collected enables us to better understand the impact of biofuel on the environment,” said John R McDougall, President of the National Research Council of Canada. “We will continue to work with our partners Applied Research Associates, Chevron Lummus Global and Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. to bring this effective energy solution to market. The final product will be a sustainable option for reducing aviation emissions.”
“We warmly congratulate Agrisoma and its partners on achieving this significant milestone: proving the positive impacts of a 100 percent biofuel flight,” said Vicky Sharpe, President and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). “Agrisoma’s Resonance feedstock is opening up new opportunities for farmers, biofuel producers and the aviation industry.” SDTC is supporting Agrisoma’s continuing efforts to enhance the Resonance Energy Feedstock, growing higher yields of crops more efficiently and effectively.
Agrisoma, a BDC Venture Capital company, has developed and commercialized Resonance Energy Feedstock in cooperation with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Mustard 21,the National Research Council and the Industrial Research Assistance Program, Sustainable Development Technology Canada, the Agricultural Development Fund of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, the Green Aviation Research and Development Network and Genome Prairie “Prairie Gold” project (funded by Enterprise Saskatchewan, under the provisions of the Canada-Saskatchewan Western Economic Development Partnership Agreement).
Mejda Lortie Director,
Regulatory and Government Affairs