Boeing is already the first company to have flown a biofuel-powered aircraft across the Pacific Ocean, and now according to Gizmag, it’s taking things a step further with the announcement that the American aviation giant is teaming up with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China in order to turn used cooking oil into fuel for aircraft.
Known as the China-US Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project, the demonstration facility will convert so-called “gutter oil” into a sustainable biofuel which will help power more than 6,000 new aircraft which are expected to be built in China by 2033 in order to accommodate the rapidly growing demand of travelers.
“We will continue to work with Boeing in energy conservation and emissions reduction areas to promote the sustainable development of the aviation industry.” Doctor Guangqiu Wang, a vice president at the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China said in a press release.
While biofuels still emit carbon dioxide, their emissions are 50% to 80% lower than petroleum-based fuels in the long run. The special facility has been designed to clean contaminants from waste oil and will produce more than 170 gallons of recycles jet fuel per day, with an annual output of 500 million gallons.