A Cue From Kitty Hawk: What the Wright Brothers Teach Us About Decarbonizing Flight

Early Flight Was Fueled by the Scientific Process — A photo showing the first powered, controlled, and sustained flight over a beach near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Like Orville and Wilbur Wright with their legendary flyer, NREL is using science to put a new notch in the storied history of aviation: climate-friendly flight powered by low- and zero-net-carbon sustainable aviation fuel. Photo from Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.
From Wet Waste to Flight — Using carbon-rich volatile fatty acids (VFAs) made from wet waste, like sewage, manure, and food waste, NREL’s refining process builds fuel molecules that can be used in existing jet engines and have a net-negative carbon footprint.

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