In Mexico, Canada and India, projects and proposals are underway that will put bioenergy to use in new and innovative ways. Read about a few that made headlines this week in our news roundup!

Air Canada participates in biofuels tests

Air Canada has announced its participation in a project led by the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) to test the environmental benefits of biofuel use on contrails.

This project will use sensing equipment mounted on a research aircraft to measure the impact of biofuel blends on contrail formation by aircraft. The research will be performed on five biofuel flights operated by Air Canada between Montreal and Toronto in the coming days.

During these flights, the NRC will follow the Air Canada aircraft with a modified research jet to sample and test the contrail biofuel emissions.

A reduction in the thickness and coverage of contrails produced by the jet engines of aircraft could reduce aviation’s impact on the environment, an important beneficial effect of sustainable biofuel usage in aviation.

Read more about Air Canada’s involvement in the project at Canadian Biomass Magazine.

Proposal in Mexico would increase ethanol blending

A plan to raise the amount of ethanol that can be blended with motor fuels in Mexico, which could power job growth and lower air pollution, has been submitted to the country’s energy regulators.

The Mexican Association of Sustainable Transportation argues that ethanol is a renewable fuel that can bolster a new domestic industry in rural Mexico where both sugar cane and sorghum are grown, leading to hundreds of thousands of new jobs.

If approved later this year, the proposed revision to Mexico’s fuel quality standards would raise the amount of allowable ethanol in gasoline to 10% from the current 5.8%.

The Mexican Association of Sustainable Transportation, backed by existing local ethanol producers and some U.S. firms, submitted the proposal, arguing that approving the rule could lead to some 350,000 new jobs and investment of around $2 billion over the next four years.

Leading energy companies including Chevron, BP and Valero Energy also submitted documents outlining their support for the proposal, as did Mexico’s main auto industry association AMIA. Learn more about the proposal at Reuters.

New plant to convert New Delhi’s waste to energy

The Indian government and Sheffield Hallam University are working together to produce a new waste to energy plant for New Delhi.

Once completed, the £68 million plant will process a third of New Delhi’s waste. The capital of India, New Delhi has a population of around 21.75 million people.

“New Delhi is in crisis without serious intervention and a new waste-to-energy plant,” said Dr Abhishek Asthana, who led the project. “At current rates, New Delhi will be producing more than 14,000 tons of waste per day by 2024 and would require a landfill site equal to 7% of the city’s total land, which is completely unfeasible.

“Currently, there are three landfill sites in Delhi with a height limit for the garbage set at around 15 meters—all three are already past 40 meters so this new plant is vital for the future of the city and its people.”

The plant will process 4,000 tons of waste per day to produce 32 megawatts of power. Read more about the project at Bioenergy News.

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Geoff Hayward

Communications Advisor at Novozymes
Geoff writes about Bioenergy for the Communications team at Novozymes. When he isn’t advocating for an industry that’s changing the world for the better, he can be found on a North Carolina bike path or playing slide guitar.