Calyx Bio-Ventures Inc. ("Calyx" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CYX) announced today that the analysis on the world's first civil jet flight powered by 100 percent unblended biofuel, conducted by the National Research Council of Canada ("NRC"), is a significant milestone in green aviation and should pave the way for continued progress to increase the use of biojet fuel.
NRC flew the first civil jet powered by 100 percent unblended biofuel on October 29, 2012, achieving a milestone for the aviation industry and earning recognition from Popular Science magazine in their December 2012 issue as one of "The Big Science Stories of 2012". The biofuel used in the flight was produced from feedstock by Calyx's operating subsidiary, Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. ("Agrisoma"), and transformed into jet fuel by Applied Research Associates and Chevron Lummus Global.
NRC announced earlier this week the results of an analysis of the historic flight, which revealed that the biofuel used in the flight is cleaner than and as efficient as conventional aviation fuel.
"We are thrilled with the results. The findings confirm our expectations that biojet fuel, refined from Agrisoma's Resonance™ energy feedstock, will play a significant role in our efforts to further the use of Resonance™ based renewable jet fuel," said Calyx President and CEO Hugh Notman. "It confirms we can reduce black carbon and aerosol emissions by as much as 50 percent without sacrificing performance. The result of NRC's study is a big confirmation for our company, and a bigger nod to the emerging biofuel industry."
The NRC collected in-flight data, which was analyzed by a team of experts for the past two months. That analysis revealed an important reduction in aerosol emissions (50 percent) when using biofuel compared to conventional fuel. Furthermore, additional tests performed on a static engine showed a significant reduction in particles (up to 25 percent) and in black carbon emissions (up to 49 percent) compared to conventional fuel. The tests also revealed comparable engine performance and an improvement of 1.5 percent in fuel consumption during steady state operations. The jet's engines required no modification as the biofuel tested in-flight meets the specifications of petroleum-based fuels. The Falcon 20 aircraft operated on biofuel at 30,000 feet, similar to regular commercial aircraft altitude. A second aircraft, the T-33, tailed the Falcon in flight and measured engine emissions.
Agrisoma's Resonance™ based feedstock, used to produce the fuel, is a dedicated industrial oilseed capable of growing on semi-arid land that was launched at commercial scale in 2012 across western Canada.
More information about this biofuel initiative.
To view a video of Tim Leslie, NRC pilot, talking about the biofuel initiative, click here.
Calyx Bio-Ventures Inc. trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "CYX" and owns a majority position in Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. Agrisoma is an agricultural biotechnology company that uses a proprietary Engineered Trait Loci (ETL) technology licensed from Calyx to commercialize a suite of industry-leading oil quality and crop improvement traits for use in energy feedstock crops. For further information about Calyx, its technology, collaborations and partnerships, please visit www.calyxbio.com.
Resonance™ is a trademark of Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. For more information about Resonance, visit www.agrisoma.com.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
CALYX BIO-VENTURES INC.
W. Hugh Notman, President & CEO
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