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Boeing Airlines Testing Algae Oil As Jet Fuel

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Boeing, airlines and engine makers are testing jet fuel made from algae and a nonfood plant called jatropha.

Continental Airlines says it will test the biofuel on a demonstration flight, with no passengers, Jan. 7 in Houston.

One of the engines of the Boeing 737-800 will be powered with a mix of jet fuel and fuel derived from algae and jatropha seeds. Boeing is a partner in the project that Continental says will be the first using algae as a fuel.

Air New Zealand also is testing jatropha fuel in a 747 jetliner using technology developed by UOP, a Honeywell company.

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