The aerospace company Airbus announced late August have partnered with the Chinese University of Tsinghua to achieve a comprehensive study on “the sustainability of Chinese raw materials” and how to achieve accelerated commercialization of biofuels.
The value chain study aims to produce and promote the use of biofuels in the aviation market Chinese market growing the fastest in the world.
At first, this partnership will evaluate the suitable raw materials that meet “green”, “economic” and “social sustainability”. The second step is to focus on solutions to the most promising alternative fuels.
According to Airbus, the first results should be analyzed in the second half of 2012, the aim being to select a number of raw materials used cooking oil – that would otherwise be disposed of as waste – as well as algae. The study of sustainable fuels will be fully completed by early 2013. By 2013, the partners will seek to industrialize the process of production of alternative fuels to obtain quantities of sustainable aviation fuel for commercial use.
“It is a privilege to work with our Chinese partners in order to determine the best way to contribute to sustainable aviation in China,” said Frédéric Eychenne, New Energies Program Manager Airbus. “The commercialization of alternative fuels is an essential component of our quest towards achieving ambitious environmental objectives for aviation.”
“We are grateful Airbus to support the project,” said Professor Zhang Xiliang, Director of Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy at Tsinghua University and head of the project. “This project will improve the understanding of how marketing biofuel flight in China and to identify opportunities and challenges. We will also assess the potential for development in social, economic, technological and market as well as the costs, obstacles and difficulties involved. We believe that the research will have a positive impact on issues of energy savings, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change of concern to the Chinese aviation industry. “