Chinese cuisine is famous for its fried delicacies. Multiply that passion for fried food by over a billion people, however, and you end with (literally) tons of used cooking oil being generated every
day minutes. Aircraft giant Boeing has a plan for all that oil, though- it’s turning China’s excess waste oil into a clean, renewable source of jet fuel.
The latest plan- which follows up on Boeing’s commitment to biofuel made in the Middle East– will turn more than 500 million gallons of waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as “gutter oil” in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel at a new facility that the aviation firm (in conjunction with the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China, or, “COMAC”) showed off to investors last week.
The new fuel is expected to cut the two companies’ carbon emissions by 50-80 percent, compared to petroleum-based fuels. That’s huge! “We are very happy to see the progress that has been made … in aviation biofuel technology,” said Dr. Guangqiu Wang, Vice President of COMAC’s Beijing Aeronautical Science & Technology Research Institute. “We will continue to work with Boeing in energy conservation and emissions reduction areas to promote the sustainable development of the aviation industry.”
You can check out the Boeing/COMAC official (joint) press release, below, and let us know what you think of the commercial/military future of aviation biofuels in the comments section at the bottom of the page.