Fuel costs are one of the key operating costs for all airlines, so manufacturers have been working to reduce their consumption over the years. Concurrently, work is being done on biofuels that would be much cheaper to produce. One of the more interesting ideas associated with this project is Boeing, which plans to produce biofuel from sawdust.
Sawdust remaining after wood treatment have many applications. They are made of furniture, used in the industry for heating boilers, or it is processed into so-called. Pellet for heating homes. Soon there will be another use of sawdust that can be used for the production of biofuel.
Research in this direction is conducted by Boeing, together with scientists from the University of British Columbia and NORAM Engineering and Constructors, as well as Air Canada, WestJet, SkyNRG and Bombardier. Their goal is to develop an efficient and low-cost processing method for biofuel, waste from wood processing such as branches and sawdust.
Researchers estimate that if the project succeeds, the new process could provide enough fuel to meet the needs of British Columbia in 10 percent.
Researchers now carry out small-scale laboratory tests to answer the question of whether it is possible to mass produce such fuel. If the results are positive, then another test phase will begin, as well as test flights to determine how efficient that fuel will be. So far it is not known when airlines will be able to use it.