Boeing, Embraer team up for biofuel research

The new centre will focus on feedstock production
The new centre will focus on feedstock production

Planemakers Boeing and Embraer will open a joint research centre to advance the development of aviation biofuel.

Under a memorandum of understanding, the two companies will perform joint biofuel research in Brazil, as well as funding and coordinating research with Brazilian universities and other institutions. The new biofuel research centre, which will be located in Sao Jose dos Campos Technology Park, 80km from Sao Paolo, will focus on feedstock production and processing technologies.

“Boeing is working aggressively around the world to expand the supply of sustainable aviation biofuel and reduce aviation’s carbon emissions,” said Julie Felgar, the US planemaker’s managing director of environmental strategy & integration.

“With our joint biofuel research centre, Boeing and Embraer are making a strong commitment toward a successful, sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil.”

In 2013, Boeing and Embraer drew up an action plan, ‘Flightpath to Aviation Biofuels in Brazil’, which identified gaps in the biofuel supply chain. The new joint research will aim to address those gaps.

Globally, more than 1,500 passenger flights using biofuel have been conducted since 2011, using a range of sources from algae to waste cooking oil.

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