On Monday, the Ministry of Science and Technology announced that CSIR-IIP Dehradun’s home-grown technology for producing bio-jet fuel has been legally certified for use on Indian Air Force combat aircraft.
In the presence of Group Captain Asheesh Shrivastava and Wing Commander A Sachan of the IAF and R. Shanumgavel of CEMILAC, R. Kamalakannan, Group Director (AT & FOL), Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (CEMILAC), handed over the provisional clearance (PC) certificate to Saleem Akhtar Farooqui, Principal Scientist from CSIR-IIP.
This accreditation demonstrates India’s rising trust in the aviation biofuels industry and is another step toward achieving “Atmanirbhar Bharat.”
Over the previous three years, the technology created by the Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP), a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, has been evaluated and tested. Airborne item testing is a time-consuming and comprehensive procedure that involves several inspections to ensure the highest standards of flight safety. The scope of these rigorous examinations is defined by international aviation regulations. Because fuel is the lifeblood of aviation, it must be thoroughly examined before being loaded into manned aircraft. The accreditation acquired by the lab today acknowledges the positive findings of numerous ground and in-flight tests undertaken on the indigenous bio-jet fuel by several test agencies sponsored by the IAF on the indigenous bio-jet fuel.
Earlier in the month, during the Republic Day festivities in New Delhi, an AN-32 aircraft fuelled with mixed bio-jet fuel flew over Raj Path. Following that, the performance and dependability of Indian technology were put to the test when a Russian military aircraft successfully landed and took off from Leh airport at high altitudes in harsh winter weather on January 30. SpiceJet utilised the fuel on a civil and commercial demonstration flight from Dehradun to Delhi on August 27, 2018. These green fuel test flights demonstrated the capability and devotion of Indian scientists as well as the IAF’s airmanship to serve a national cause.
CEMILAC’s clearance comes after years of rigorous study and active cooperation from a number of agencies, including the Panipat Refinery of the Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.’s test facilities (HAL). With this approval, the Indian armed forces would be authorised to utilise bio-jet fuel manufactured using indigenous technology in all of their operating aircraft. This will also allow for the technology’s early commercialization and mass manufacturing.
Utilized cooking oil, tree-borne oils, short gestation oilseed crops cultivated off-season by farmers, and waste extracts from edible oil processing companies may all be used to make Indian bio-jet fuel. It will contribute to India’s net-zero greenhouse gas emission objectives by reducing air pollution due to its ultralow sulphur level when compared to traditional jet fuel. It will also benefit farmers and tribals who work in the production, collection, and extraction of non-edible oils.