Continental Jet to Lift Off with Fuel Based from Hawaii Algae and Jatropha From Africa

Late in the morning on Jan. 7, a Continental Airlines jet is scheduled to lift off powered in part by algae from Hawaii and a tough shrub from Africa called jatropha.

The historic flight, from Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, will mark the first time a commercial aircraft of a U.S. carrier has flown on biodiesel fuel. Airlines hope biofuels can reduce their dependence on jet fuel and lower global carbon emissions…

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