Russia could use sawdust to fuel airplanes

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Russia may start using biofuel made from sawdust to power aircraft, Deputy Transport Minister Valery Okulov said on Tuesday.

Russia may start using biofuel made from sawdust to power aircraft, Deputy Transport Minister Valery Okulov said on Tuesday.

"We have a country full of forests and plenty of sawdust; why not make biofuel from it as an alternative source of energy," he told a news conference hosted by RIA Novosti.

Although biofuel is not much cheaper than traditional aircraft kerosene, it will not be subject to environmental tax, Okulov said.

He added that Russia already has some "interesting fuel alternatives," like the Mi-8TG helicopter that uses associated oil gas.

MOSCOW, November 9 (RIA Novosti)

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