Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes first-ever biofuel-powered Pacific crossing
Boeing made headlines last June, when its new 747-8 Freighter crossed the Atlantic Ocean running partially on biofuel. Yesterday, one of the company's 787 Dreamliners set a similar milestone – it crossed the Pacific Ocean using a biofuel mix. It was not only the first time that such fuel has been used in a 787, but also marked the first biofuel-powered aircraft crossing of the Pacific.
The fuel was derived mainly from used cooking oil, and was used in conjunction with regular jet fuel – Boeing hasn’t stated what the proportion was.
The aircraft, owned and operated by Japan’s All Nippon Airways, made a delivery flight from Boeing's Delivery Center in Everett, Washington to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport. In doing so, it is estimated that it produced approximately 30% less emissions than a similarly-sized conventional aircraft. About 10% of that reduction is said to be due to the fuel choice, with the other 20% attributed to the aircraft’s energy-efficient features, which include a body made from lightweight carbon fiber composite material.
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It has to be a flammable liquid, and the biofuels cost more and provide less energy.
1. The usual jet fuel is kerosene, or something close to it. Low freezing temperature is valuable in high altitude flight. Yes, cooking oil can be used, but may have to be preheated first. cooking oil is close to diesel fuel in viscosity.
2. The total amount of cooking oil in use, worldwide, if recycled after use, would not be enough to keep the current airliners of the world running. Just like the US ethanol subsidies encourage the burning of enough corn to feed half of Latin America, so too would use of this version of Bio-fuel cause the waste of a huge amount of food.
This is as I said, a great stunt, but it won't make air travel into something 'eco friendly'.
Displacing land used for food crops means more deforestation and habitat loss to make up for that loss.
This is only good for greedy beancounters and one percenters...it is one of the most horrible and disastrous examples of use of organic feedstocks
The only way that biofuel will dominate the liquid fuel market in the next 50 years is if a fascist government* implements it by decree.
*Black, red, or green makes no difference.