The aviation industry promotes the development of economy, trade and tourism, but the total greenhouse gas emissions of the air transport industry already account for 2% of the total emissions. Now, in order to reduce its carbon footprint, the French aerospace industry giant Airbus has used 100% biomass fuel for the first time in the Airbus jumbo A380 and flew smoothly.
This is the third time in a year that Airbus has tested sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), following the A350 and the single-aisle A319neo, this time with the A380 demonstrator ZEROe, and further tests of the hydrogen fuel system will follow.
Currently powered by a Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine with 27 tonnes of aviation sustainable fuel made from cooking oil and waste fat, the demonstration machine was unveiled on March 28 A 3-hour test flight at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France on the 29th, and a second flight on the 29th, all the way to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport.
Airbus hopes to launch the world’s first zero-emissions plane in 2035. However, it also has other competitors. In 2012, another aerospace giant, Boeing of the United States, also used mixed biomass fuel in 787 passenger aircraft, and also established the first Pacific route powered by biomass fuel, which was launched in China in 2014. quality fuel production plants to ensure a stable supply.
Currently every Airbus aircraft is certified to mix up to 50% aviation sustainable fuel in the fuel, but Airbus aims to achieve 100% aviation sustainable fuel certification by the end of the decade. According to the Waypoint 2050 report co-authored by aviation experts, sustainable aviation fuels may reduce carbon emissions by 53% to 71% in the future.