Boeing planes flying on non-petroleum fuel by 2030?

Boeing planes flying on non-petroleum fuel by 2030?

Violet Field inPlanetJan 26, 2021 2 min read4 views

The manufacturer wants to replace kerosene with fuels produced from recycled plant or household waste

Planes could fly with fuel without oil by 2030. In any case, this is the promise of Boeing, which committed this Friday in this direction. The idea would be to replace the kerosene usually used with "sustainable aviation fuel" (SAV). The latter is produced with recycled vegetable and household waste or with used cooking oil for example.

The use of such fuels would make it possible to reduce CO2 emissions by 80%, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), compared to conventional kerosene and over their entire cycle of use. Thus, for the head of the civil aircraft at Boeing, using after-sales service is the safest and most effective solution to reduce these emissions.

Engines powered by electricity or hydrogen?

The company has already done tests with planes that run completely on sustainable aviation fuel. For the time being, they are only allowed to run at 50% with these fuels. For the manufacturer, this does not allow it to respond correctly to the challenges of climate change.

To "meet the aviation sector's commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2050, planes must be able to use 100% sustainable aviation fuels well before 2050."

To achieve its goal, the company would have to work with engine manufacturers, suppliers, and regulators on technical changes to be made. He will continue to work on engines that can be powered by electricity or hydrogen.

Accelerate the production of sustainable aviation fuel

Reducing the environmental impact of aviation has interested manufacturers for several years. The first flight of an aircraft using a mixture of kerosene and biofuel took place in 2008. Last summer, IATA requested that after-sales services be used more, recalling that the annual production of these fuels was 50 million liters.

She said: "To reach a tipping point where the scale of production would lower the costs of after-sales services enough to compete with jet fuel, production must reach 7 billion liters or 2% of consumption in 2019."