Jet fuel from surplus straw could supply half of Danish aviation

Straw contains huge potential for limiting carbon emissions and to help free industry from fossil fuels. Now it must enter the climate fray, say researchers.

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Approximately two million tonnes of straw lie rotting on Danish fields each year – a gigantic waste, as the nation could instead convert the straw into biogas, bioethanol or green jet fuel.

According to an estimate by the Technical University of Denmark's (DTU) Chemical Engineering unit, two million tonnes of straw could, for instance, be converted into 433,000 tonnes of jet fuel, corresponding to nearly half the fuel consumption in the Danish aviation sector.

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