Neste and Boeing work to push biofuel use

Boeing continues work with Finnish renewable diesel producer
Aircraft manufacturer Boeing is working with the Finnish renewable diesel producer Neste to promote and accelerate the commercialisation of biofuel for commercial aircraft.
The companies say they will work toward approval by ASTM international standards, allowing planes to use biojet fuel with a high freezing point, along with the parallel goal of gaining widespread market acceptance.
Neste anticipates that its biojet fuel could help the aviation industry achieve its greenhouse-gas saving targets – carbon-neutral growth from 2020 and a net reduction in carbon emissions of 50% by 2050 compared to 2005.
In 2014, Boeing tested Neste’s biojet fuel in a 15% blend with petroleum jet fuel in the Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787, a test plane that assesses technologies that can reduce aviation’s environmental footprint.
The 787 made an initial flight with this biofuel blend in one engine, followed by several flights with the biofuel blend in both engines. Based on its test flights, Boeing reported that “the airplane performed as designed with the renewable jet blend, just as it does with conventional jet fuel.” Now the aim is to help create a commercially viable market for renewable aviation fuels.
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