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2009). At the time, ANZ announced that
there had been no operational problems
during the 2-hour test flight from Auckland,
which was powered by a 50/50 blend of
jatropha-based fuel and standard jet fuel.
ANZ released the analysis of scientific
data gathered during the flight at the end of
May. Extrapolation from the results showed
that fuel burn could be reduced by 1.2% and
carbon dioxide emissions by 60–75% on an
average 12-hour 747 flight compared with a
flight powered by 100% standard jet fuel.
ANZ wants to use 10% alternative
fuels (for flights and ground operations)
by 2013, but ANZ General Manager-Oper-
ations and Chief Pilot Dave Morgan told
ATW Online (atwonline.com/news/story.
html?storyID=16733) that jatropha may
not be the most nearly ideal feedstock for
ANZ because it cannot be grown in New
Are jatropha advantages The New York Times (www.nytimes.
for-fli-24118.html) quoted Bill Glover,
Indian experience with jatropha has found that the plants do indeed grow in managing director of environmental strat-
wastelands, but if high yield is to be achieved the plants must be cared for, egy for Boeing Commercial Airlines, as
according to Suman Jha, a researcher with R.R. Shah at Navsari Agricultural saying that jet fuels derived from algae,
University (Gujarat, India). camelina, and jatropha could be approved
and be replacing petroleum fuels as early
A jatropha farm was established in 2005 on