SAA, Boeing look to tobacco for jet fuel

2014-08-06 13:44
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Cape Town - South African Airways (SAA), Boeing and SkyNRG say they will collaborate together to make aviation biofuel from a tobacco plant.

The aim is to create renewable jet fuel in line with South Africa’s goals for public health as well as economic and rural development

Miguel Santos the managing director for Africa, Boeing International said that it was an honour to work with SAA, who are leading the efforts to commercialise a fresh and reliable source of biofuel.

Santos argues that the new fuel may help decrease the amount of pollution the aviation industry gives out all over the world and in addition advance South Africa’s economy.

SkyNRG is increasing production of the hybrid plant Solaris, which is an energy crop that farmers could grow instead of traditional tobacco.

The oil from the tobacco plant will be used to create jet fuel.

Ian Cruickshank, SAA’s group environmental affairs specialist said that by using a hybrid tobacco that has no nicotine, SA farmers could be encouraged to grow biofuel crops without encouraging smoking.

Boeing and SAA are working with Roundtable to create sustainable biomaterials that would encourage farmers to grow biofuel feedstocks without hurting the environment and using unnecessary land and water.

Boeing argued that sustainable aviation biofuel could reduce carbon emissions by 50% to 80%.

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