Boeing and Embraer’s joint research centre for aviation biofuel

Boeing and Embraer’s joint research centre will work to advance a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil. A MoU sees both companies perform joint biofuel research, and fund and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions. Technologies that address gaps in a supply chain for sustainable aviation biofuel in Brazil will be looked into. The biofuel research center will be located in Sao Jose dos Campos Technology Park.

EmbraerSustainable production of aviation biofuel emits 50 – 80% lower carbon emissions through its lifecycle when compared with petroleum jet fuel. To date, 1,500+ passenger flights using biofuel have been conducted worldwide since it was approved for use in 2011.

“Boeing is working aggressively around the world to expand the supply of sustainable aviation biofuel and reduce aviation’s carbon emissions,” said Julie Felgar, managing director of Environmental Strategy and Integration, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “With our joint biofuel research center, Boeing and Embraer are making a strong commitment toward a successful, sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil.”

“Embraer is committed in supporting the development of sustainable biofuels for aviation and the joint efforts with Boeing will undoubtedly contribute to the company continuing to be in the forefront of research in this area,” says Mauro Kern, Executive Vice President, Engineering and Technology, Embraer. “Brazil has tradition in the area of alternative fuels and enormous potential yet to be explored in bioenergy research.”

“Boeing and Embraer have a tremendous opportunity to work together to enhance Brazil’s aviation biofuel capabilities, as well as the global industry’s access to aviation biofuel,” said Al Bryant, vice president, Boeing Research & Technology-Brazil.