VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/18/12 -- Calyx Bio-Ventures Inc. ("Calyx" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:CYX) is pleased to announce that it's partially-owned operating subsidiary, Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. ("Agrisoma"), has unveiled the first comprehensive flight program in the world to use biojet fuel produced from Agrisoma's proprietary Resonance(TM) brand Carinata Energy Feedstock.
Resonance is a new industrial oilseed crop, derived from Brassica carinata, with an oil profile optimized for use in the biofuel industry, specifically biojet fuel. The program will evaluate Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(TM) refined from Resonance feedstock oil produced in Saskatchewan. The flights, conducted in partnership with the National Research Council ("NRC") in Ottawa with funding from the Government of Canada's Clean Transportation Initiatives, will evaluate the Resonance-based biojet fuel under a number of flight conditions to provide the world's first ever real-time, in-flight emissions measurements for a biojet fuel.
The program will also test blends of Green Jet Fuel at higher ratios than previous demonstration flights, which have been conducted using a 50/50 ratio of biofuel and jet fuel produced from petroleum. Previous evaluations of Green Jet Fuel have found a 60-85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to petroleum-based fuels.
The test flight program will utilize the unique research aircraft of the NRC Flight Research Laboratories, a modified Falcon 20 twin-engine jet that will test the fuel and a T-33 jet equipped to measure in-flight emissions while flying in formation.
The Resonance crop used for the biojet fuel was grown in Kincaid, Saskatchewan in the summer of 2011 and is being commercially contracted on a significant number of acres in western Canada for the 2012 crop year. Resonance has all the features necessary to make it a sustainable energy feedstock crop: a non-food industrial oilseed uniquely suited to production in semi-arid areas unsuitable for food oilseed production, excellent agronomic characteristics, good biotic and abiotic stress resistance, and reduced overall crop input requirements.
"As the first comprehensive testing program in the world using Resonance Energy Feedstock, Agrisoma is excited to be partnering with NRC and Honeywell UOP," said Steven Fabijanski, President and CEO of Agrisoma.