Company from UAE conducted the first commercial flight using biofuel

Etihad Airways of the UAE carried out the first fully commercial flight of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner using a biofuel based on Salicornia (plants of coastal strip with a high concentration of salt in the soil). The aircraft was equipped with new generation engines General Electric 1B, worked on a hybrid mixture of conventional kerosene and biofuel from Salicornia in the ratio 50: 50, reports Gulf News.

Many hours the flight took place between the cities of Abu Dhabi and Amsterdam. Airliner flew from the UAE to 9:30 a.m. local time and landed at Amsterdam airport at 2 p.m. local time. Flight recognized as fully successful. Refueling with a mixture of aviation kerosene and biofuel would be required.

Biofuels for aircraft was developed by company ISEAS (Integrated Seawater Energy and Agriculture System) based in Masdar, Abu Dhabi and launched in the UAE in 2016. The financing of the project dealt with the company Etihad Airways, Boeing, Honeywell UOP and General Electric.

According to Arif Sultan al-Hammadi, an employee of the Caliph’s University of science and technology, the first full commercial flight on biofuel “a new beginning” to use clean energy for air travel.

“Flight of the airliner Etihad proves that the development of ISEAS is a game changer that can bring considerable benefits to air transport world in General. Research and development of this technology shows significant promise of turning coastal deserts into productive agricultural land, capable of providing not only food security, but also a clear sky,” adds Vice-President of Boeing International Sean Schwinn.

Scheme of biofuel production from Salicornia

The creation of biofuels takes place in several stages. During the first piped into special tanks with fish larvae and plankton pumped sea or ocean water. After enrichment by products of fish waste and special treatment, the water is pumped onto the prepared plantation with plants that are resistant to salts, including Salicornia.

After some time, the resulting products (muddy sediments, dead plants, seeds, plants, and humus) collected and sent to the station for processing and production of biofuels. turn into biofuel, and used water is filtered and returned back into the ocean.

In ISEAS argue that the use of a hybrid fuel consisting of the impurity of conventional kerosene and biofuel will reduce carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. In addition, it is noted that the entire process of biofuel production uses as energy sources solar panels.

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