World's First Algae-Powered Airplane Flies

Diamond Aicraft DA42 NG

In brief: EADS completed a test flight powered entirely by algae-based biofuel last week.

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Diamond Aircraft DA42

Several companies world wide are testing aircraft using biofuels and alternatives, but this is the first time an aircraft has been flown entirely on biofuel based 100% on algae.

The Diamond Aicraft DA42 New Generation twin-prop plane flew at the International Aerospace Exhibition in Berlin. A repeat test flight will be made at the Farnborough Airshow in Britain.

The DA42 clocked a successful flight and also showed that this particular biofuel used about half a gallon less per hour of flight than its petroleum counterpart. Emissions are lower as well.

EADS plans to have a fully biofuel-powered test route operating within five years (Paris to Toulouse) and 10% of their fleet flying on biofuels by 2030.

And so ...

Aviation is taking large steps towards cleaner and most sustainable flight.

Photo credits: Diamond Aircraft/EADS

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