SRBC announces world's first commercial flight using sustainable fuel on Etihad Airways

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New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): The Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (SBRC) on last Wednesday announced the world's first commercial flight using locally produced sustainable fuel on an Etihad Airways Boeing 787 powered by GE's GEnx-1B engines. This marks the first time that a flight has been operated on fuel derived from plants grown in saltwater that is local, viable, cost-effective and sustainable. It is a major milestone in the development of clean and alternative aviation fuel to reduce carbon emissions. The initiative also addresses food security in the UAE through the farming of seafood as a core element in the process. The SBRC partners have been working together to prove the concept of a comprehensive value chain that is centred around the Seawater Energy and Agriculture System (SEAS). Sustainable fuel for the flight was derived from oil in Salicornia plants, which were grown on the two-hectare SEAS farm in Masdar City. The SEAS is the world's first desert ecosystem designed to produce fuel and food in saltwater. Fish and shrimp raised at the facility provide nutrients for the plants as well as contribute to the UAE's food production. The use of biofuel in commercial flight will make a compelling statement that impacts stakeholders in the aviation, energy and transportation sectors.

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