Boeing, COMAC to transform ‘Gutter Oil’

Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) have opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as “gutter oil” in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel.


Boeing COMAC to transform ‘Gutter Oil’


Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) have opened a demonstration facility that will turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as “gutter oil” in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel. Th e two companies estimate that 1.8 billion litres of biofuel could be made annually in China from used cooking oil.

“Strong and continuing teamwork between Boeing and COMAC is helping our industry make progress on environmental challenges that no single company or country can solve alone,” said Ian Thomas, president, Boeing China. “By working together for mutual benefit, we’re finding innovative ways to support China’s aviation industry and build a sustainable future.”

Boeing and COMAC are sponsoring the facility, which is called the China-US Aviation Biofuel Pilot Project. It will use a technology developed by Hangzhou Energy & Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. (HEET) to clean contaminants from waste oils and convert it into jet fuel at a rate of 650 liters per day. Th e project’s goal is to assess the technical feasibility and cost of producing higher volumes of biofuel. Biofuel produced by the Project will meet international specifications approved in 2011 for jet fuel made from plant oils and animal fats. Th is type of biofuel has already been used for more than 1,600 commercial flights.