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Embraer and GE test biofuel solution

Sept. 6, 2011, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil - Embraer and General Electric have conducted a series of biofuel test flights with an Embraer 170 jet, aimed at benchmarking the performance of E-jets and GE CF34-8E engines powered with hydro-processed esters and fatty acids (HEFA) biofuel.

September 6, 2011
Carey Fredericks

Under the trials, the biofuel with the maximum ATSM approved mix of 50 per cent HEFA with jet-A fuel powered one of an E-170's two GE CF34-8E engines.

With these tests, Embraer and GE aim to develop technical plans and procedures for future fuels testing, enabling value-added and timely testing of additional fuels.

The trials were conducted at Embraer's Gaviao Peixoto facilities in August 2011.

Embraer executive vice-president of engineering and technology Mauro Kern said, "This series of tests and their positive results give us a lot of new information to continue our sustainability programme as it relates to future products."