Boeing, COMAC open demo jet biofuel factory in China
Oct 22, 2014 - US aerospace group The Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) said today it had opened a pilot plant in China for the production of jet biofuel in partnership with Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd (COMAC).
The factory will use waste cooking oil as feedstock and will be able to produce about 500 million gallons (1.8 billion litres) of aviation biofuel per year. The China-US Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project is jointly financed by the two partners.
The biofuel plant will use a technology developed by Chinese firm Hangzhou Energy & Engineering Technology Co that purifies contaminants from waste oil and facilitates the production of about 160 gallons of jet fuel daily. The plant’s output will meet international specifications approved for jet fuel made from plant oils and animal fats. Such type of jet biofuel has already been used for over 1,600 commercial flights, Boeing noted.
Boeing and COMAC have been working together since 2012. According to the US aerospace giant, sustainable jet biofuel will have a pivotal role in aviation.
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