Boeing is working with the United Arab Emirates to make some serious breakthroughs in sustainable aviation biofuel development. The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC), affiliated with the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in Abu Dhabi, is developing a new affordable biofuel that emits 50 per cent less carbon dioxide than regular fossil fuels. Made from a mixture of oils and fats taken from halophytes, the biodiesel burns cleaner, and with government incentives it is expected to cost just $3 per gallon – so it could give traditional jet fuel a run for its money.

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Boeing has been a leader in sustainable travel and renewable energies since 2011, when it introduced a 15 per cent biofuel mix in a 747-8F that flew in the Paris Airshow. Along with the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group, the company has been working on developing a smarter, more cost effective biofuel that is better for the environment than traditional petroleum-based jet fuel. The group, which comprises 27 other airlines, strives to end the airline industry’s reliance on fossil fuels.

Green diesel production is already underway around the world, producing enough to cover just one per cent of the global commercial jet fuel demand. Yet the high costs prohibit commercial airlines from fueling up on the renewable sources. Aside from seeking to increase production of green jet fuels, Boeing is also working toward creating new pathways that will make the sustainable jet fuel more readily available. With governmental incentives, these cleaner fuels could become more common amongst commercial airlines, which would translate to some serious CO2 emissions reductions. Boeing is working with the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to gain approval for the $3/gallon green diesel, which would be blended with traditional fuel.

Via Clean Technica

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