updated: 12/15/2009 12:45:17 PM

[UPDATED] Indiana Airline Fuel Developer Moves Ahead With Testing

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 Inside INdiana Business Host Gerry Dick spoke with the founders of Swift Enterprises about development of the new aviation fuel in May 2008.

A Purdue Research Park-based developer of a new aviation fuel says its product has been approved as a test fuel by one of the world's largest standards organizations. Swift Enterprises Ltd. uses renewable feedstocks to make the lead-free fuel. President and Co-owner Mary Rusek says the approval by ASTM International allows her company to begin full-scale testing.

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An unleaded aviation fuel developed by Swift Enterprises Ltd. has been approved as a test fuel by ASTM International, one of the world's largest voluntary standards development organizations.

Swift Enterprises, based at the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, uses biomass and other renewable feedstocks to make 100SF. The fuel is designed to be a drop-in replacement for 100 octane low-lead fuel in general aviation piston engines. It also holds promise for engine operators who need high-octane fuel.


Mary Rusek, president and co-owner of Swift Enterprises, explained how the ASTM International approval will positively affect the firm.

"With this approval, we can begin full-scale testing with industry stakeholders," she said.

The test program will be coordinated in association with the Federal Aviation Administration and original equipment manufacturers. Extensive testing of aircraft fuel systems, engines and materials compatibility must be conducted before 100SF can be fully certified as an airworthy fuel.

"100SF will be comparably priced, environmentally friendlier and more fuel-efficient than other general aviation fuels on the market," Rusek said.

About Swift Enterprises Ltd.

Established in 2001, Swift Enterprises aims to use renewable resources to end the energy crisis. Swift Enterprises works with hydrogen peroxide and novel chemicals as components in fuel cells and propellants. The scientists at Swift bring a combination of military, academic and private enterprise experience to the fundamental research and development of propulsion, ordnance and power technologies, and hardware. In the mid-1980s, company founders worked at Edwards Air Force Base in California, where they conducted research on rockets and rocket fuel for the government. Swift Enterprises has conducted research for Lockheed-Martin Astronautics, DARPA, the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy.

About Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette

The 725-acre Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The park is home to more than 150 companies. About 100 of these firms are technology-related and another 39 are incubator businesses. The park is owned and managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, a private, nonprofit foundation created to assist Purdue University in the area of economic development. In addition to the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, the foundation has established technology parks in other locations around Indiana including Merrillville, New Albany and Indianapolis.

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