BOEING has completed the world's first flight using "green” diesel, a sustainable bio-fuel which is widely available and used in ground transportation. The company powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane with a blend of 15 percent green diesel and 85 percent petroleum jet fuel.
‘Green diesel offers a tremendous opportunity to make sustainable aviation bio-fuel more available and affordable for our customers,’ said Julie Felgar, managing director of Environmental Strategy and Integration at Boeing Commercial. ‘We will provide data from several ecoDemonstrator flights to support efforts to approve this fuel for commercial aviation and help meet our industry's environmental goals.’
Sustainable green diesel is made from vegetable oils, waste cooking oil, and waste animal fats. With a production capacity of 800 million gallons, in the US, Europe, and Asia, green diesel could supply up to one percent of global jet fuel demand.
Green diesel is among more than 25 new technologies being tested by Boeing.
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