The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) has announced the world´s first commercial flight using sustainable fuel produced by Khalifa University in the UAE has taken place on an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 powered by GE´s GEnx-1B engines, the company said.
The flight from Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam marked a milestone in the development of a clean, alternative aviation fuel to reduce carbon emissions. The initiative also addresses food security in the UAE through the farming of seafood as a core element in the process.
The SBRC partners have been working together to prove the concept of a comprehensive value chain that is centered around the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS). This is a synergistic industrial platform that supports the aviation sector, the oil and gas industry, food production and the creation of a new agricultural alternative in the UAE.
Etihad Airways has been at the forefront of aviation biofuel research in the region and this marks the first time that a flight has been operated on fuel derived from plants grown in saltwater.
The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium is a non-profit entity established by Masdar Institute that is part of Khalifa University of Science and Technology.