China’s jet biofuels: ready for take off?

By Andrew Bowman, Beyondbrics:

China consumes about 29m tonnes of cooking oil a year, and much of it, when the frying is over, gets thrown away.

Boeing believes this “gutter oil”, as it is locally known, could turn out to be liquid gold. In collaboration with Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) it has opened a new lab this month in Beijing, and the first research project will investigate refining waste cooking oil into jet fuel.

Along with research into more efficient air traffic management systems, Boeing claims the work carried out in the Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Centre at COMAC’s new Beijing Aeronautical Science and Technology Research Institute, could significantly reduce the aviation industry’s carbon intensity.

While China’s cooking oil consumption is 29m tonnes, its aviation industry uses 20 million tonnes of petroleum-based jet fuel. The cooking oil thus represents, Boeing and COMAC say, a major opportunity for an alternative fuel source… Read more

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