Boe­ing Tests ‘Green Diesel’

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On Dec. 2, 2014, Boe­ing suc­cess­fully con­ducted its first test flight us­ing“green diesel”sus­tain­able bio­fuel that is cur­rently used in ground trans­porta­tion. An ecoDe­mon­stra­tor 787 test air­plane was flown with a blend of 15 per­cent green diesel and 85 per­cent petroleum jet fuel in the left en­gine.

Made from veg­etable oils, waste cooking oil and waste an­i­mal fats, green diesel is chem­i­cally dis­tinct and a dif­fer­ent fuel prod­uct than “biodiesel.”With pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity of 800 mil­lion gal­lons in the US, Europe and Asia, green diesel could rapidly sup­ply as much as 1 per­cent of global jet fuel de­mand.

The flight test was co­or­di­nated with the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Roll­sRoyce and Pratt & Whit­ney, and EPIC Avi­a­tion blended the fuel.

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