KLM Operates First Regular Flight with Sustainable Synthetic Fuel

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operated the first passenger flight partly flown with sustainable synthetic Kerosene. The flight was from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to Madrid and took place earlier last month.

In the latest push by Dutch Industry to develop alternate fuels for aviation, The Boeing Co. 737-800 narrow-body plane had a total of 500 litres of sustainable synthetic Kerosene, which equated to more than 5% of the total requirement for the Trip.  The company; Shell, produced the synthetic Kerosene in Amsterdam based on Co2, water, and renewable solar and wind energy. The Co2 was captured from Europe’s biggest oil refinery in Pernis, near Rotterdam, and a cattle farm in the northern Netherlands. 

This is groundbreaking in the latest aviation industry news. While flights partly powered by plant-derived biofuels have become commonplace as aviation seeks to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels (rightfully so), fully synthetic propellants have taken longer to develop. The flight took place; January 22nd 2021 was groundbreaking in combining carbon capture with solar and wind power to produce a fully sustainable kerosene substitute. 

“The introduction of sustainable aviation fuel is very important to us,” KLM Chief Executive Officer Pieter Elbers said in a webinar on SAF, where news of the flight was disclosed. “The captain informed the passengers that this was a big step for the industry. They didn’t notice any difference.”

This is not the first time KLM has pioneered in research to create a more sustainable fuel. In 2011, they also operated the first commercial service to use biofuel; powered by a 50:50 blend of Kerosene and used cooking oil. However, according to Elber’s, availability since then, has “been really a challenge,” so it currently meets only 1% of the companies’ needs. 

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Synthetic jet fuel derived from carbon dioxide and water could help fill the gap, however, to add a caveat; electrolysis used to secure hydrogen in the process eats up large amounts of power, making its industrialisation a significant challenge.

However, Rome was not built in a day; as Shell’s president for the Netherlands, Marjan Van Loon says the aim now is to turn synthetic fuel from “something that is technically possible to something that is economically viable,” reducing costs and accelerating production. 

The stimulation and the goal to develop and normalise the application of sustainable aviation fuels (biofuels and synthetic Kerosene) comes together succinctly under The Zenid Initiative. Uniper, Rotterdam, The Hague Airport, Climeworks, Sky NRG are participating. The initiative uses a combination of technologies to focus on Co2 – neutral aviation with sustainable synthetic Kerosene. 

Many European politicians such as General transport minister Scheuer; this French associate Djebbari and Commissioner Timmermans, emphasised the importance of developing sustainably produced aviation fuels to reduce CO2 emissions and give aviation a bright future. KLM was the first step towards this. 

It is also evident that in the current situation; recovery from the present crisis due to the pandemic must go hand in hand with accelerating the sustainability to the aviation sector to achieve climate goals and to create a brighter and more sustainable future. 

instagram removing fake followers

Instagram Is Removing Fake Followers, Likes and Comments

Instagram is fighting back against automated apps people use to leave spammy comments or follow then unfollow others in hopes of growing their audience.

a link to Instagram’s press release, which promised to “begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity.”

instagram removing fake followers

we’ve seen accounts use third-party apps to artificially grow their audience. Every day people come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions. It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren’t disrupted by inauthentic activity. Starting today, we will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity. We’ve built machine learning tools to help identify accounts that use these services and remove the inauthentic activity. This type of behaviour is bad for the community, and third-party apps that generate inauthentic likes follows and comments violate our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use.

Instagram is also hoping to discourage users from ever giving another company the login details to their accounts as this can lead to them being hacked or having their account used to send spam. So if you see Instagram follower accounts drop, it’s not because that profile offended people, but because the followers were fake.

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Instagram also said in their press release

Since the early days of Instagram, we have auto-detected and removed fake accounts to protect our community. Today’s update is just another step in keeping Instagram a vibrant community where people connect and share in authentic ways. We’ll have more updates in the coming weeks on additional measures we’re taking to tackle inauthentic activity on Instagram


Twitter Doubles Length of Display Name to 50 Characters

Twitter has more than doubled its count for users’ display names from 20 to 50 characters, days after the social media giant ended the iconic 140-character tweet limit.

Now You can Double the Lenght of Your Display Name

The San Francisco-based company announced on Friday that a user can add a display name of up to 50 characters, up from the original 20 characters. The change comes as a relief to many users who have bigger names or want to add color to their names.


“Starting today, your Twitter display name can be up to 50 characters in length! Go ahead, add that middle name or even a few more emojis,” said Twitter. The company announced last week that it was rolling out a 280-character tweet limit for nearly all its users, including for those who tweet in Hindi, abandoning its famous 140-character limit.

“We’re expanding the character limit! We want it to be easier and faster for everyone to express themselves,” Twitter said. The move was both appreciated and mocked by the users. “The best bit about 280 is never having to shorten whilst, amidst, and amongst ever again,” posted one user. “I’ve always thought that 140 characters were too little to effectively convey one’s thoughts,” another user wrote.

“The whole point of Twitter was its brevity #280characters,” a Twitterati wrote. “Already massively bored by everyone’s mind-numbing 280 character tweets. This is a terrible mistake,” another user said. Users can lengthen their Twitter display name — which is not the same as username — by going to your profile page and tapping edit profile. They can change their username through the settings and privacy menus, however, it has to be unique and cannot exceed 50 characters.