Sinopec has been committed to developing and promoting a renewable aviation biofuel called ‘1# aviation biofuel’ since 2006. We are proud to be a part of efforts in the push for alternative aviation fuels, creating a new and sustainable experience.
Ground staff pumped biofuel into a Hainan Airlines flight at Capital International Airport in Beijing on November 21.
A Boeing 787 of Hainan Airlines departed from Beijing for Chicago at 14:31 pm on November 21, using biofuel produced by Sinopec. Carrying 186 passengers and 15 crew members, the Hainan Airlines flight landed at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, after flying 11 hours and 41 minutes, for a distance of 10,575 kilometers.
The successful cross-ocean flight signals the gradual maturity of China’s biofuel technology with independent intellectual property rights, after the first test flight with biofuel in 2013 and the first domestic passenger flight with biofuel in 2015. It is of great significance to R&D and application of bio-energy and green aviation.
For the cross-ocean flight, the biofuel was produced at Zhenhai Refining and Chemical Co, a subsidiary of Sinopec based in Ningbo, Zhejiang province, with a blend of 15 percent waste cooking oil and 85 percent conventional jet fuel.
Biofuel usually refers to jet fuel that is produced from renewable resources, including vegetable oils such as coconut oil, palm oil, jatropha oil and linseed oil, in addition to microalgae oil, waste cooking oil and animal fat. Compared with traditional petroleum-based jet fuel, biofuel can help to reduce over 50 percent of carbon emission.
Sun Jianfeng, President of Hainan Airlines Co., 787 Captain said that this flight by biofuel is as stable as aircraft with conventional aviation oil. Sun said it's a meaningful endeavor for Hainan Airlines to complete the cross-ocean biofuel flight in collaboration with Sinopec and Boeing.
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China consumes around 30 million tonnes of jet fuel every year. If it were all replaced by biofuel, around 30% reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions could be achieved, equivalent to growing 300 million trees, or making 20 million economy cars off the road for a year.
Sinopec will actively develop non-grain biofuel and speed up the commercial application of the biofuel with the support of related parties.