Next-gen aircraft fuel – from tobacco?

Boeing and South African Airways develop new fuel

A new jet fuel created from tobacco is being developed by aircraft manufacturer Boeing and South African Airways, in an effort to promote green energy.

The fuel will be made from a hybrid tobacco plant known as Solaris, to be produced by a firm of innovators called SkyNRG. The plants are nicotine-free and test farming is taking place in South Africa. Output is expected in the next few years.

“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, group environmental affairs specialist at South African Airways.

Boeing stressed that the biofuel has potential in regions where traditional tobacco is cultivated.



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