Sustainable biofuels technically near take-off

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Courtesy of Elektor International Media (EIM)

Boeing says it has proven the ‘technical viability’ of biofuels for use in commercial aircraft. Now the company wants to ‘accelerate’ the process of making biofuels available on a commercial scale.

After four test flights by four major airlines – carrying engines of the four major manufacturers – the facts are clear to Bill Glover, Boeing’s commercial planes’ managing director of environmental strategy. ‘We haven proven the technical viability of biofuels as a “drop-in” for the traditional Jet-A fuel without any modification to engines or airframe,’ he says. ‘As tests have shown that the biofuels even have a higher energy content and emit, for example, less sulphur, we consider the outcome as a performance breakthrough for the whole industry.

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