A Boeing 787 aircraft on 3 December 2014 completed the world's first flight using green diesel as Aviation Biofuel. Green Diesel is a sustainable biofuel made from vegetable oils, waste cooking oil and animal fats. The airplane performed in the same manner as it does with conventional jet fuel.
The company powered its ecoDemonstrator 787 flight test airplane on 2 December 2014 with a blend of 15 percent green diesel and 85 percent petroleum jet fuel in the left engine.
The flight test was coordinated with the US Federal Aviation Administration, Rolls-Royce and Pratt & Whitney.
The company will provide data from several ecoDemonstrator flights to support efforts to approve this fuel for commercial aviation and help meet the industry's environmental goals.
Sustainable Green Diesel
• Sustainable green diesel is widely available and used in ground transportation.
• As discovered by Boeing, green diesel is chemically similar to HEFA (hydro-processed esters and fatty acids) aviation biofuel approved in 2011.
• Green diesel offers a tremendous opportunity to make sustainable aviation biofuel more available and more affordable for the passengers.
• With production capacity of 800 million gallons (3 billion litres) in the US, Europe and Asia, green diesel could rapidly supply as much as 1 percent of global jet fuel demand.
• On a lifecycle basis, sustainably produced green diesel reduces carbon emissions by 50 to 90 percent compared to fossil fuel.
Who: Boeing 787 aircraft
When: 3 December 2014