Boeing has signed an agreement with PetroChina to jointly study the prospects for a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in China.
This strategic assessment, supported by Chinese officials in the energy and aviation sectors, is the first of its kind in the country. It will look at the environmental and socio-economic benefits of developing sustainable alternatives to fossil-based jet fuels.
"Sustainable biofuels can help reduce carbon emissions while offering the potential to lessen aviation's dependence on fossil fuels," says Boeing China President David Wang. "Through these agreements China, its aviation sector and its leadership are demonstrating tremendous drive in the quest to develop a clean, sustainable aviation fuel supply."
Other US companies involved include Honeywell UOP, AECOM and United Technologies. Air China and PetroChina are leading the Chinese team.
As part of the project, PetroChina and Boeing will team with Air China and Honeywell's UOP to conduct an inaugural flight using sustainable biofuel derived from biomass grown and processed in China. PetroChina will provide the biomass, which will be processed into jet fuel by UOP. The flight to demonstrate the technology will take place in China. No date has been set for the test flight.