Boeing Tests ‘Green Diesel’
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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