United Airlines will fly a jet powered by animal fat and farm waste
In an effort to combat fuel emissions, United Airlines has partnered with Fulcrum BioEnergy, a California-based fuel refinery, to create and power a jet using animal and farm waste.
United has invested $30 million into biofuels created from farm and household waste. Fulcrum contends that their newly engineered fuel can cut jet carbon emissions by 80%. The initial combination of fuel with be 70% regular jet fuel and 30% of the new blend for the first five flights. After that, the mixture will be fully integrated.
The first flight using the new fuel hybrid will fly this summer from Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco.
Although airlines only account for 2% of global carbon emissions, their effect is growing and therefore forcing companies such as United to investigate other fuel alternatives.
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