A partnership between Snohomish County and Washington State University has established an Everett center to assist in developing fuels that will enable the commercial aerospace industry to expand in the decade ahead as carbon emission restrictions begin to take effect.
The purported practical flight fills, or SAF, are mostly refined creature fats, cooking oil, unappetizing harvests, wood garbage, or civil waste. While such powers discharge ozone-depleting substances, their environmental impacts are much more modest than conventional flying fuel.
The project aims to accelerate efforts to begin large-scale SAF production, which has consistently been put off.
Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers said that the Paine Field Airport research and development center is essential to the long-term viability of the region’s aerospace industry and the global effort to address climate change at the announcement in Everett on Tuesday. He called it “a critical element in moving forward with decarbonizing aviation.”
State Sen. Mark Liias, whose district includes Paine Field, claims that because SAF produces less soot than conventional fuel, it will bring sustainable aviation and cleaner air around airports.
Currently, vast amounts of energy from burning fossil fuels power aircraft. The airline industry has set a goal to achieve a “Net Zero” in carbon emissions by the year 2050 as a response to concerns about climate change.