Volume 95 Issue 47 | p. 13 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 27, 2017

Qantas to fuel plane with tiny seeds

Department: Business
Keywords: Biofuels, biobased jet fuel, oil crops
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Carinata mustard seed to be grown by Australian farmers for biofuel production.
Credit: Agrisoma Biosciences
A photo of a handful of Carinata mustard seeds.
 
Carinata mustard seed to be grown by Australian farmers for biofuel production.
Credit: Agrisoma Biosciences

Early next year Qantas will fly the first biofueled flight between the U.S. and Australia, using fuel made from the seeds of Brassica carinata, a nonfood relative of the mustard plant. Fuel Services and AltAir Fuels will produce the fuel from a carinata variety developed by Agrisoma Biosciences. The companies plan to establish the water-efficient crop in Australia and hope to produce 200 million L of fuel annually by 2020. AltAir currently supplies United Airlines flights at Los Angeles International Airport with fuels made from vegetable and waste oils.

 
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