Japan Airlines trials bio-jet fuel

JAPAN Airlines, Boeing and Pratt & Whitney are collaborating to trial a new bio-jet fuel. Using a 747 the airline will try a mix of camelina (84 per cent), jatropha (15 per cent) and algae (approx. 1 per cent) on a flight on 30 January, 2009.

The fuel was developed by Honeywell, a US conglomerate. A statement from Honeywell said: “The test-flight is being conducted at the end of a 12-month process to confirm the sustainable bio-fuel’s operational performance capabilities and potential commercial viability.”

Camelina sativa (false flax) is an oilseed flowering plant similar to rapeseed, which itself has been the subject of bio-fuel tests around the world.

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