Around 15 Airlines Sign Up To Make Biofuels Less A Dream, More A Reality
It’s been almost two years since Richard Branson first praised the benefits of coconuts as a possible alternative to fly his planes around the globe. Since then, there have been many different biofuel blends and several successful test flights. Companies are certainly trying their best to become the ExxonMobil of green fuel, and the marketing departments behind camelina and jatropha are trying to illustrate while their oily plants are the best. One company, AltAir Fuels, is having a little bit of success with it all, and they plan to partner with about 15 airlines to provide some green juice.
Airlines like Air Canada, Delta, JetBlue, and US Airways have all agreed to think about purchasing up to 750 million gallons of eco-friendly jet fuel from AltAir Fuels. Their magic ingredient of choice is camelina—sorry jatropha fans. The green travel juice will be made in Washington, and the company is hoping that 100 million gallons of fuel will be made each year, starting in 2012.
For now it seems like AltAir Fuels has a good idea and has convinced some airlines to go along with them in the future. However, we’re thinking if a better idea or better fuel comes along, the airlines will be looking elsewhere to gas up their planes. AltAir needs to get that factory humming before 2012, or they just need to hope that no one else comes up with a better formula sooner. No matter where our green gas comes from, we’re looking forward to the possibility of special eco-friendly livery on biofuel planes in the future.
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[Photo of a different green fuel facility: TheNickster]