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Boeing partners with Hawai’i BioEnergy to develop alternative jet fuel

11 Nov 2011

US airplane manufacturer Boeing has partnered with Hawai’i BioEnergy to develop a new sustainable jet fuel.

The companies will look at crops including sorghum and eucalyptus as potential sources for biofuel that can be grown on the island of Hawaii. The collaboration will also investigate new technologies to support the production of biofuel.

Billy Glover, commercial airplanes vice president of environment and aviation for Boeing, said, ‘As an Asia Pacific gateway and leading tourism destination, Hawaii can play a meaningful role in helping aviation reduce carbon emissions, while increasing regional energy resources. This collaborative effort will allow us to examine potential local options, while protecting the beauty and culture these islands have to offer.’

Joel Matsunaga, COO for Hawai’i Biofuels, added, ‘We are looking forward to working with Boeing in addressing Hawaii’s energy needs, particularly for aviation fuel. We have the opportunity to shape a more sustainable energy future for our children and generations to come in Hawaii while creating economic growth for the state.’

Last month, Boeing made a similar deal with Brazilian organisation the Sao Paulo State Research Foundation to investigate the use of biofuels for aviation and create a supply chain in Brazil.

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