After months of ground and flight trials, the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), a premier military certification agency, on January 22, 2019, cleared the use of indigenously produced bio-fuel for use in the military aircraft.
P Jayapal, Outstanding Scientist and Chief Executive of the Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification deliberated on the results of various tests conducted on bio-jet fuel as per procedure recommended by top certification agencies.
Only after complete satisfaction with the performance parameters, the agency formally granted its approval for use of this fuel. This clearance is a major step for continued testing and eventual full certification of the bio-jet fuel for use on a commercial scale by civil aircraft as well.
For use of bio-jet fuel on all military and civilian aircraft, the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), in collaboration with the Indian Air Force brought out a new standard for Aviation Turbine Fuels. These specifications align Indian standards with current international standards.
The biojet fuel is produced from a non-conventional source that is non-edible vegetable or tree borne oil. bThe bio-jet fuel has been produced from seeds of Jatropha plant sourced from Chhattisgarh and processed at CSIR-IIP’s lab at Dehradun. This fuel will now be used on military aircraft.
Increased demand of bio-jet fuel would give impetus to increase in collection of tree-borne non-edible oil seeds, which, in turn, will help generate additional income, increase remuneration for tribal and marginal farmers, and stimulating the collection of oilseeds. This is also a significant development that could reduce the carbon emissions and help India become a green fuel production hub.