Civil Aviation Administration of China approves aviation biofuel for use by commercial jets

ORLANDO, Fla., 21 Feb. 2014. Government officials in China have approved a biobased aviation fuel for commercial use, with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) awarding Sinopec the first certificate of airworthiness for biobased jet fuel.

Civil Aviation Administration of China approves aviation biofuel for use by commercial jets
Civil Aviation Administration of China approves aviation biofuel for use by commercial jets

ORLANDO, Fla., 21 Feb. 2014. Government officials in China have approved a biobased aviation fuel for commercial use, with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) awarding Sinopec the first certificate of airworthiness for biobased jet fuel.

According to CAAC officials, the biojet fuel complies with the CTSO-2C701 standard that applies to civil aviation jet fuel containing synthesized hydrocarbons. CTSO-2C701 requires alternative fuel and its synthetic paraffinic kerosene (SPK) component to conform to ASTM D7566-11a, a specification for aviation fuel containing synthesized hydrocarbons, and the supplement in CTSO-2C701.

In April 2013, Sinopec achieved the first test flight powered by its aviation biofuel: an Airbus A320 owned and operated by China Eastern Airlines completed an 85-minute flight on biojet fuel made from palm oil and recycled cooking oil feedstocks.

The topic of advanced biofuels will be addressed at the International Biomass Conference & Expo, March 24-26 in Orlando, Fla. An Advanced Biofuels & Biobased Chemicals track will focus exclusively on the drive towards the widespread commercialization of second generation biofuels and biobased chemicals. The agenda is online at www.BiomassConference.com.

Biofuel image below courtesy Shutterstock.

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