Agrisoma Biosciences, a Canadian agri-tech company that sells
Carinata seeds used to produce aviation biojet fuel, has partnered with United Airlines and World Energy
for Agrisoma's second
international commercial flight powered by biojet fuel made from
Carinata seed oil.
The nonstop San Francisco-to-Zurich flight on a
Boeing 787 is scheduled to depart from San Francisco International
Airport on 14 September at 14:10, and arrive at Zurich
Airport (aka Kloten Airport) on 15 September at 10:10.
fuel is made by harvesting tons of Carinata crop, crushing the
grain to recover the oil and refining that oil into jet fuel.
The biojet fuel made from
Carinata and refined by World Energy's Paramount facility replaces
30 percent of the petroleum jet fuel needed for the flight.
"This flight is another milestone for the aviation industry's
move toward low-carbon fuels," said Steve Fabijanski, founder, CEO
and president of Agrisoma. "At 11 hours, it is the longest
transatlantic biojet flight undertaken to date, and, with the
fuel-efficient Boeing 787, represents the lowest carbon footprint
commercial flight across the Atlantic. It is our second
international biojet flight powered by Carinata, but there are
more to come."
Earlier this year, Agrisoma, Australia's
Qantas Airways and World Energy partnered on a transpacific flight
from Los Angeles to Melbourne that used biojet fuel produced from
Agrisoma has commercial agreements across the
global aviation industry to supply Carinata for a low-carbon fuel
that is chemically identical to conventional, petroleum-derived
jet fuel. Agrisoma has Carinata growers in place throughout the
Americas and Australia, where Carinata is grown as a second crop
to complement existing crop production, delivering additional
on-farm income and soil health benefits.
Production of biofuel from Carinata seeds yields both biofuel
and, as a byproduct, high-protein animal feed. Stems and leaves
from the crop are returned to the field to enrich the soil for
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