Boeing, SA Airways Join Hands to Turn Tobacco into Jet Fuel

The deal between the two companies brings a new ray of hope for aviation industry that is currently seeking sustainable means to reduce global carbon footprints

The deal between the two companies brings a new ray of hope for aviation industry that is currently seeking sustainable means to reduce global carbon footprints

Biofuels created from organic sources, for example, plants and green algae could decrease carbon emissions to an extent of 80% in contrast to petroleum-based fuels.

Boeing Co. is collaborating with state-owned South African Airways and Dutch aviation biofuels organization SkyNRG to create jet fuel from an entirely new kind of tobacco plant. The effort is aimed at shrinking down air pollution by creating a new jet fuel whilst supporting South African economy.

SkyNRG has created a new type of tobacco plant called Solaris, which is effectively free of nicotine, an addictive substance generally found in tobacco plants. Solaris will be harvested by farmers in South Africa. “By using hybrid tobacco, we can leverage knowledge of tobacco growers in South Africa to grow a marketable biofuel crop without encouraging smoking,” said Ian Cruickshank, South African Airways Group environmental affairs specialist.

Harvesting of the new tobacco plant is currently under test. According to the estimates of the company biofuel production utilizing oil from the plant’s seed could start in the following few years. Boeing hopes that in the near future, they find ecological means to utilize the rest of the plant for creating sustainable aviation biofuels.

The deal between the two companies brings a new ray of hope for aviation industry that is currently seeking sustainable means to reduce global carbon footprints. The International Air Transport Assn., gathering representing more than 240 of the world’s airlines, has revealed that the industry contributes to 2% of the aggregate man-made carbon-dioxide emissions globally. Previously, in 2009, the trade group had widely announced an industry responsibility to cap carbon emissions and enhance fuel proficiency by a normal of 1.5% a year in the coming decade. In 2013, it approached government entities and industry associations to cooperate towards reaching those objectives.

In October, Boeing and South African Airways focused on creating a supply chain network for more sustainable aviation biofuels in the south of Africa that would support the economies of rural zones without hurting sustenance or water supplies. The Chicago-based airplane maker said it is likewise living up to expectations with accomplices in the United States, Europe, China and a few different nations to create biofuels that could be utilized as a part of aviation. Airlines have directed more than 1,500 passenger flights utilizing biofuel since 2011, the companies said.

Christy Gren
Christy Gren is an Industry Specialist Reporter at Industry Leaders Magazine she enjoys writing about Unicorns, Silicon Valley, Startups, Business Leaders and Innovators. Her articles provide an insight about the Power Players in the field of Technology, Auto, Manufacturing, and F&B.

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