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Boeing to Test Aviation Biofuels

The Boeing Co., one of the world’s starring manufacturers of commercial airliners, will start testing jet fuel gained from algae and other biomass and says biofuels could develop into a viable substitute within five years.

Bill Glover, the company’s director of environmental strategy, says Flight Global Boeing’s laboratory tests sustained the practicality of developing jet fuel from a wider variety of feedstocks than earlier believed and it believes aviation biofuel can be mass-produced affordably.

Tierramerica is told by Expedito Parente, called by some the father of biodiesel and biokerosene that biomass-derived jet fuel could turn out to be viable within two years. He tells commercial aircraft have a service life of 30 to 40 years and the demand to secure there will be low-cost fuel to keep them going is boosting tremendous interest in biofuel.

The stuff works must be proved initially by Boeing. Two demonstration test flight are planned next year, one each by Virgin and Air New Zealand, and will soon be selecting a peculiar feedstock to provide the fuel. Mounting pressure from American and European lawmakers is being faced by the airline industry to control emissions. Commercial airliners account for 2 percent of global carbon emissions but that figure is expected to mount alongside the increasing volume of air travel, tells the International Air Transportation Association and Virgin Atlantic.

The wings of Boeing 737s can be modified by AeroTech Services to yield more lift and less drag, to cut fuel consumption by 4 percent–a considerable figure, considering the 737 burns about 3,000 liters of fuel (about 792 gallons) per hour. Fuel consumption can be reduced by as much as 1.5 percent by keeping the compressor, turbine and fan of the engine clean.

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