Biofuel From Non-Edible Jatropha Plant Proving Its Worth as Aviation FuelBy Business Matchmaking Inc., PRNE
Thursday, April 7, 2011
LOS ANGELES, April 8, 2011 - Business Matchmaking, Inc. has compiled the results of multiple airline
tests of oil from the little known non-edible plant Jatropha as a potential
substitute for traditional jet fuel with impressive results. The non-profit
company specializes in matching small firms with government agencies and
Japan Airlines, Air New Zealand, Continental, Brazil's TAM Airlines and
most recently the Mexican carrier Interjet, in cooperation with European
manufacturer Airbus, were hosts of successful tests and flights relying upon
fuel from weed-like Jatropha which grows on land otherwise unusable for
A March 31, 2011 comprehensive report by Yale's School of Environmental
Studies, funded by Boeing, concluded that "Jatropha can deliver strong
environmental and socioeconomic benefits."
The Yale Study used sustainability criteria developed by the Roundtable
on Sustainable Biofuels in evaluating actual farming conditions.
Mission NewEnergy, Limited, the largest producer of Jatropha by acreage
planted, currently employs more than 140,000 formerly impoverished farmers in
India now earning a living cultivating Jatropha without compromising food
supply or food pricing. The company is currently distributing product in
Europe, and launching its US operations.
James Garton, president of Mission NewEnergy USA said, "We are
particularly pleased to learn of repeated testing of Jatropha in aviation
with positive results. With the unprecedented challenges facing the airlines
as a result of the constant increase in the price of jet fuel, and the global
need to accept sustainability as a key to environmental responsibility, the
Jatropha solution is timely and efficient."
In addition to civilian aviation, there are studies underway by the
military with regard to Jatropha oil. Major General Wilbert Pearson
(USAF-Ret), now Chairman of Mission NewEnergy's Advisory Board, concluded
that "the military has a huge and continuing need for efficient and
affordable fuel and Jatropha appears to meet those standards while also
meeting environmental demands."
The United Nation's International Civil Aviation Organization has
established the goal of reducing aviation-related carbon-dioxide emissions
and the use of renewable fuels. At one point, there was speculation that
Ethanol might be appropriate for airplane use, but since it freezes at
relatively low altitudes, it is deemed unacceptable for flight.
The Yale study projected greenhouse gas reductions of up to 60 percent
from Jatropha-based fuel compared to petroleum-based jet fuel.
Ariel Weeks, +1-310-432-6357, ariel at businessmatchmaking.com
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