Iberia made its first flight with biofuel in 2011, using 75% kerosene and 25% camelina biofuel (an inedible plant) from Repsol. Both companies have once again cooperated for a new flight with biofuel, but this time obtained from another material: the waste.
The flight was made on an Airbus A320neo using 1.84% biofuel obtained from waste. It may seem like a low percentage, but Europe currently only allows the use of up to 5% biofuel, a figure that will rise to 63% in 2050.
Flying with recycled biofuel
Iberia has completed its first regular Madrid-Bilbao flight using biofuel produced by Repsol in Spain from residues that come from the agri-food industry. 1.84% of this biofuel has been used together with traditional kerosene, saving, according to the company, the discharge of 1.4 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere.
The use of biofuels in airplanes will be implemented gradually, increasing the amounts allowed considerably in 2050
It is a small percentage but, currently, the EC allows the use of up to 2% biofuel, planning to rise to 5% in 2030 and up to 63% in 2050, so that 1.84% is within the currently allowed range.
This fuel is called Biojet and is manufactured by Petronor, a Basque refinery owned by Respol, which created a batch of 5,300 tons of the biofuel last August. All this fuel is made with the waste of fats and oils from the Barcelona-based Lipsa, an agri-food company.
Currently, the production cost of this type of fuel is notably higher compared to kerosene, as it is produced in small batches. However, according to Berta Cabello, Repsol’s senior manager of refining transformation, the ultimate goal is to make it competitive and energize the market.
Via | The country