Airbus, Tsinghua University to study biofuel in China

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Airbus is working with China's Tsinghua University to complete a sustainable analysis of Chinese feedstock and subsequently, evaluate the best way to support the development of a value chain to speed up the commercialisation of aviation biofuel.

The value chain aims to produce and promote the use of aviation biofuel in China.

In the first phase, the partnership will assess suitable feedstock that fulfil ecological, economic and social sustainability criteria. The analysis is managed by Airbus and is a close collaboration with Tsinghua and leading European institutions.

The alternative fuel solutions that are most promising will be narrowed down in the second phase.

The first results are due to be analysed in the second half of 2012. The aim is to select a number of feedstock, including used cooking oil and algae. By 2013, the full sustainability analysis should be complete.

The two partners will increase the scale of the alternative fuel production process to produce sustainable quantities of aviation fuel for commercial use from 2013.