updated: 8/19/2010 12:53:19 PM
A report about Federal Aviation Administration testing on an alternative general aviation fuel being developed in Indiana has been released. Swift Enterprises Ltd, based in the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, says the testing showed its renewable fuel had 13 percent more energy per gallon than traditional low-lead fuel. Swift's product follows a requirement from the Environmental Protection Agency that aviation gasoline users substantially reduce lead emissions.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A technical report has been released about Federal Aviation Administration testing performed on an unleaded general aviation fuel developed by Swift Enterprises Ltd.
"The Environmental Protection Agency has required that users of aviation gasoline, known as avgas, substantially reduce their airborne lead emissions," said Mary-Louise Rusek, co-founder and president of Swift Enterprises. "We are developing our unleaded avgas to be a viable alternative, renewable and sustainable fuel so the general aviation industry is not grounded by these upcoming regulations."
Swift Enterprises, which is based in the Purdue Research Park, provided 4,500 gallons of fuel for a 150-hour test in a piston aircraft engine manufactured by Lycoming Engines.
Some findings from the tests include:
-Swift fuel demonstrated 13 percent more energy per gallon than 100 low-lead (100LL) fuel.
-Swift fuel demonstrated normal engine wear as compared to 100LL.
-Swift fuel demonstrated lower fuel system deposits as compared to 100LL.
The full report can be found on the FAA's website at http://www.tc.faa.gov/its/worldpac/techrpt/ar1013.pdf
About Swift Enterprises Ltd.
Established in 2001, Swift Enterprises works with novel chemicals as new components in energy conversion devices. Swift brings a combination of military, academic and private enterprise experience to the practical research and development of propulsion, ordnance and power technologies. In the mid-1980s, the company's founders worked at Edwards Air Force Base in California, where they conducted research on rockets and rocket fuel for the government. Swift Enterprises has completed research for Lockheed-Martin Astronautics, DARPA, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy.
About Purdue Research Park
The 725-acre Purdue Research Park has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The park is home to more than 160 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. The park was ranked No. 1 in 2004 for university-affiliated research parks and received the 2005 Outstanding Commercialization Award, both from the Association of University Research Parks. In addition to the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, the foundation has established research parks in other Indiana locations including Indianapolis, Merrillville and New Albany.
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