Boeing, Airbus join Chinese experts to find affordable aviation biofuel
|September 2, 2012||Posted by Ocean Shipping Communication China under Air News||
BOEING and China’s Commercial Aircraft Corp have commenced a joint study to find cheaper alternative fuels just as Airbus renewed an arrangement with the Beijing’s Tsinghua University to find ways to make aviation biofuels more affordable.
The prohibitive cost of aviation biofuels feedstocks has been the main obstacle to deployment in commercial aviation, leaving proponents demanding regulatory mandates to enforce use.
The first part of the Airbus-Tsinghua University study will focus on feedstock sources, following up on the availability of used cooking oil and algae, reports Air Cargo World News. They will then select the best possible feedstock sources early next year.
Once done, the participating teams will work on increasing the production rate of biofuels to develop quantities suitable for commercial use at a sustainable cost.
“The project will help us improve understanding of aviation biofuel commercialisation, identify the opportunities and challenges and evaluate the possibility of social, economic, market and technology change and its cost, obstacles and challenges,” said Tsinghua University’s Zhang Xiliang.
Aircraft manufacturers detailed plans to “speak in unity to government, biofuel producers and other key stakeholders to support, promote and accelerate the availability of sustainable, new jet fuel sources” said a joint statement.