Boeing Announces Biofuel Research Project
Boeing and the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) have announced the first joint research project the two companies will conduct. The research, to be carried out by Hangzhou Energy Engineering & Technology (HEET), will focus on ways to convert discarded cooking oil into sustainable aviation biofuel.
The project, which will be conducted at the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center at COMAC’s new Beijing Aeronautical Science and Technology Research Institute, aims to isolate contaminants in excess cooking oil, and identify processes to clean, treat, and ultimately use it as jet fuel. The main goal of the first year’s research will be to show the ability to significantly reduce costs by converting waste and excess oils into jet fuel.
Excess cooking oil has the potential to be a viable source of aviation biofuel production, as well as an alternative to petroleum-based fuel. China consumes approximately 29 million tons of cooking oil annually, while its aviation system uses approximately 20 million tons of jet fuel per year.