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Boeing boosts sustainable aviation fuels research at University of Sheffield

The American aerospace company is partnering with the University of Sheffield in the UK to create the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) and develop low-carbon technologies.

The Energy Innovation Center, launched by the University of Sheffield Energy Instituteoffers companies access to two research facilities – the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Innovation Center (SAF-IC) and the Translational Energy Research Center (TERC).

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The University said the facilities will contain pilot-scale production facilities suitable for studying different methods of producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF).

Professor Koen Lamberts, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “At a time when the UK’s commitment to net zero is being questioned and debated, R&D in technologies and low carbon products couldn’t be more important. Our partnership with Boeing spans more than 20 years, and together we are committed to developing the kind of innovation needed to meet some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

According to the University of Sheffield, sustainably produced jet fuel can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 80% over the life cycle of the fuel, with the potential to reach 100% in the future.

SAF is certified for commercial use and can be blended up to 50% with traditional jet fuel without modification to engines or fueling infrastructure. Boeing is committed to making its commercial aircraft capable and certified to fly 100% SAF by 2030.

Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, Director of the University of Sheffield’s Institute of Energy, said: “The EIC has an impact strategy built around delivering societal and economic benefits through rigorous research. with industry, and this connection with Boeing takes a step forward in making that goal a reality, especially in the exciting and vital area of ​​sustainable flight.

“Active engagement with industry and commerce is particularly essential to ensure that research is relevant, timely and positive in its practical applications.”

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