is to conduct its first biofuel-powered demonstration flight in Houston on
7 January 2009.
The demonstration flight, which will be operated with no passengers, will be powered by a special fuel blend including components derived
from algae and jatropha plants - sustainable, second-generation fuel sources that donít impact food crops or water resources, and donít
contribute to deforestation.
Continental has partnered on this project with Boeing; CFM International, a 50/50 joint company of General Electric Company and
Snecma; refining technology developer UOP, a Honeywell company; and oil providers Sapphire Energy (algae) and Terrasol
The demonstration flight will
use a two-engine
aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 equipped with CFM International CFM56-7B engines.
The fuel used in one of the two CFM engines during the demonstration flight will be a blend of 50% traditional jet fuel, and 50%
biofuel from algae and jatropha.
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