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Boeing reveals “the biggest breakthrough in biofuels ever”

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Posted in Science on 30th Jan, 2014 11:51 PM by AlexMuller

In recent years, Boeing has “happened across” a new type of biofuel, a biofuel with some amazing natural benefits. First of all, the biofuel comes from a type of plant , halophytes, that can grow in the desert, not taking up valuable arable land.

 

Furthermore, these halophytes can be irrigated with saltwater, again solving one of the main downsides of conventional biofuels, their tremendous freshwater needs. For these reasons and others, it seems that halophyte biofuels can be produced at a low, competitive cost.

 
Notably, this big discovery wasn’t made purely by accident. Several years ago, when Boeing decided that it wanted to find a better fuel source than oil or conventional biofuels, it aimed to find a fuel that was genuinely sustainable. It didn’t want to run into the problems with powerful stakeholders or the environment that corn ethanol ran into. Sustainability was the focus all the way down to design.
 
When Boeing ran across the possibility of creating biofuel from these unique halophytes, back in 2009, it found that there were actually no patents related to such a process (globally).
 
 Boeing then started the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium in Abu Dhabi, partnering with Masdar Institute, Etihad Airways, and Honeywell’s UOP to work on researching the biofuel’s potential.

Tags: BiofuelsenergyBoeingbioenergyhalophyterenewable energycleantech

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-31
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Finding sustainable sources of energy that are not affecting environment is an immensely important goal and many are trying. It seems that Boeing is on the way to provide one interesting route Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-31
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The most important question, of course, is what’s the cost? Can this halophyte biofuel be feasible? The good news that the expectation is that it really can, and within just 4-5 years.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-31
+1
Yes, they are confident that this biofuel would be cost-competitive in ~5 years. Exciting Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-31
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Boeing also expects that this biofuel, although being developed by members of the airline industry, will also be useful for ground transport. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-23
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I see where you are coming from but from what i have read about this thing it will fenrmet plant waste. So you could in theory mow your lawn and feed it into the fenrmeter or say a crabapple or plum tree and feed that crap in . Another thing said old dairy and beer and cardboard can be fed into it i am sure there is a process you have to do before you can dump it in. But who knows the crossover how much waste per gallon of fuel or whatever it actually is. Reply


 

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