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Boeing, South African Airways to develop jet fuel from tobacco
Boeing, South African Airways to develop jet fuel from tobacco

Boeing Co. is teaming with South African Airways and Dutch aviation biofuels company SkyNRG to develop jet fuel from a new type of tobacco plant. The companies announced Wednesday the effort to develop the aviation biofuel, which they said would reduce pollution while bolstering the rural economy in South Africa.  Biofuels derived from organic sources such as plant and algae could reduce carbon emissions by as much as 80% compared with petroleum-based fuels, the companies said. Farmers in South Africa could begin growing SkyNRG’s tobacco plant, called Solaris, as a biofuel feedstock in place of the conventional plant used by the tobacco industry. The Solaris plant is...

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