[Aviation Today January 27, 2014] Airbus
has signed an agreement with several Malaysian and European partners to establish a Center of Excellence in the country that will assess local solutions for the future production of jet fuel in the country.
Partners that have signed onto the project include AMIC Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Center (AMIC), Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), UPM (Universiti Putra Malaysia), CIRAD and Malaysian Biotechnology Corp.
“Southeast Asia is a wide and productive region in terms of biomass. The creation of a Center of Excellence in Malaysia with local partners is an opportunity to ensure that any selected bio-mass satisfies strict sustainability criteria,” said Frédéric Eychenne, Airbus
’ new energies program manager.
“According to our latest Global Market Forecast, Asia-Pacific will lead in world traffic by 2032. Today’s MoU is part of our engagement to support traffic growth whilst reducing aviation’s footprint on the environment," he said.
The announcement from Airbus follows several recent announcements from rival Boeing
about discovering possible sources for developing aviation biofuel in the Middle East and U.S.