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Boeing has teamed up with SAA to develop jet fuel from a tobacco plant in an effort to cut carbon emissions and promote green energy in Africa’s most advanced economy.
The jet fuel will be made from a hybrid tobacco plant known as Solaris, which will be produced by alternative jet fuel maker SkyNRG, the companies said in a joint statement this week.
Test farming of the plants, which are nicotine-free, is ongoing in South Africa, and biofuel output is expected in the “next few years”, the companies said.
“By using hybrid tobacco, we can leverage knowledge of tobacco growers in South Africa to grow a marketable biofuel crop without encouraging smoking,” said Ian Cruickshank, SAA’s group environmental affairs specialist.
South Africa has set the beginning of October next year as the date when fuel producers will start blending diesel and petrol with biofuel to cut its reliance on imported fuel. – Reuters