[Avionics Today 01-15-2015] Boeing and Embraer have opened a joint sustainable aviation biofuel research center in Brazil. The collaborative effort to further establish the aviation biofuel industry is located at the Boeing-Embraer Joint Research Center in the Sao Jose dos Campos Technology Park, where the companies will coordinate and co-fund research with Brazilian universities and other institutions.
The research will focus on technologies that address gaps in creating a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in the South American country, such as feedstock production, techno-economic analysis, economic viability studies and processing technologies.
“Our purpose is to support work on developing and maturing the knowledge and technologies needed to establish a sustainable aviation biofuel industry in Brazil with global reach,” said Mauro Kern, executive vice president of engineering and technology at Embraer. “Brazil has shown its potential and is already a benchmark for the clean-energy industry, having created very successful ethanol and biodiesel industries.”