"Jet fuel has not changed significantly since the 1960s, [unlike] motor gasoline. But we are now entering a new era, when the fuel itself is coming under increasing scrutiny," Mike Farmery of Shell told ENDS Daily. KLM says that if the additive performs as expected, then it will be adopted on all flights "as soon as possible".
The international airline industry is under the political spotlight because booming demand is causing its greenhouse gas emissions to rise faster than any other major sector, despite efficiency improvements (ENDS Daily 1 December 1999). Even the relatively small gain promised by Shell's new additive could, if used worldwide, have a "big impact," said a KLM spokesperson.
Shell has released few details of the nature of the additive, other than that its "dispersant/ detergent chemistry" enhances performance by keeping the inside of jet engines clean.
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