Boeing-COMAC Technology Center Announces First Biofuel Research Project
- Hangzhou Energy Engineering & Technology will find ways to convert waste
cooking oil for use as jet fuel
BEIJING, Oct. 23, 2012
BEIJING, Oct. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --A newly formed technology center
created by Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC)
has announced that Hangzhou Energy Engineering & Technology, Co., Ltd., (HEET)
will conduct the center's first research project.
HEET, a company with experience developing alternative energy technologies,
will focus on ways to convert discarded cooking oil into a component of
sustainable aviation biofuel at the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation
and Emissions Reductions Technology Center.
The project aims to identify contaminants in waste cooking oil, which often is
described in China as "gutter oil," and processes that may treat and clean it
for use as jet fuel. The focus of the project for the first year will be to
demonstrate the feasibility of achieving significant cost reduction in
converting gutter oils and other waste oils into jet fuel through improvement
of conversion efficiency and associated technology.
The Boeing-COMAC technology center is working with China-based universities
and research institutions to expand knowledge in areas such as sustainable
aviation biofuels and air traffic management that improve commercial
aviation's efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.
Funded by both companies, the center opened in August at COMAC's new Beijing
Aeronautical Science and Technology Research Institute (BASTRI).
"As one of the member organizations of COMAC, BASTRI was built for carrying
out civil aviation industry research and we aim at expanding knowledge in
sustainable aviation biofuels and carbon emissions reduction," said Qin
Fuguang, president of BASTRI, COMAC. "China is the world's fastest growing
aviation market and the biggest consumer of cooking oil. There's great
potential for converting the waste cooking oil into sustainable aviation fuel.
It's a good opportunity for Boeing, HEET and COMAC to work together and make
efforts to protect the environment."
"HEET is a strong partner for the Boeing-COMAC technology center's 'gutter
oil' research project," said Dong Yang Wu, vice president of Boeing Research &
Technology - China. "We are excited about opportunities to partner with
leading research capabilities in China to accelerate the global push for
renewable jet fuels and support commercial aviation's growth while reducing
its environmental footprint."
Waste cooking oil shows potential as a feedstock for sustainable aviation
biofuel production and an alternative to petroleum-based fuel because China
annually consumes approximately 29 million tons of cooking oil, while its
aviation system uses 20 million tons of jet fuel. Finding more efficient ways
to convert "gutter oil" into jet fuel could increase regional biofuel supplies
and improve biofuel's affordability, enhancing the potential for commercial
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) is a state-owned
company, which is formed with the approval of the State Council and jointly
invested by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission
(SASAC) of the State Council, Shanghai Guosheng (Group) Co., Ltd., Aviation
Industry Corporation of China (AVIC), China Aluminum Corporation (CHINALCO),
Baosteel Group, and Sinochem Group. COMAC was held on May 11th, 2008. COMAC is
headquartered in Shanghai.Mr Jin Zhuanglong serves as Chairman of the Board,
and Mr He Dongfeng as President.
COMAC functions as the main vehicle in implementing large passenger aircraft
programs in China. It is also mandated with the overall planning of developing
trunk liner and regional jet programs and realizing the industrialization of
civil aircraft in China. COMAC is engaged in the research, manufacture and
flight tests of civil aircraft and related businesses such as marketing,
servicing, leasing and operations of civil aircraft. The company has seven
member organizations: Shanghai Aircraft Design and Research Institute
(SADRI), Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (SAMC), Shanghai Aircraft
Customer Service Co., Ltd., Beijing Aeronautical Science and Technology
Research Institute (BASTRI), COMAC Fight Test Centre (CFTC), Shanghai
Aviation Industrial (Group) Co., Ltd. (SAIGC) and Shanghai Commercial Aircraft
Magazine Co., Ltd.
COMAC adopts a "major manufacturer-suppliers" model, focusing on aircraft
design, final assembly and manufacture of aircraft, marketing and customer
service, and acquisition of certification. COMAC adheres to the principle of
"developing with Chinese characteristics and representing the technical
progress" and makes self-reliant advancement in the process of marketing,
integration, localization and globalization. The company endeavors to
manufacture large passenger aircraft that are safe, economical, comfortable
and environmentally friendly. COMAC is determined to independently build large
Chinese passenger aircraft that will soon be soaring through the blue skies.
Boeing is the world's largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of
commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S.
exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government
customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include
commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense
systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and
performance-based logistics and training. For more information about Boeing
please visit www.boeing.com.
In 2012, Boeing celebrates the 40th anniversary of its partnership with
China's aviation industry. Boeing is the single largest purchaser of
made-in-China aviation parts, committing hundreds of millions of dollars
annually to dozens of suppliers. Today, some 6,000 Boeing airplanes fly
throughout the world with integrated China-built parts and assemblies.
About Hangzhou Energy Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd.
Hangzhou Energy Engineering & Technology Co., Ltd. is a leading energy
technology company that specializes in developing alternative and green energy
technology. It is dedicated to Research & Development and commercialization of
technologies that will help save energy and protect environment. HEET is
located in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.
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