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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
By 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."

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