Boeing will test Chinese made biofuel

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Biofuel made from jatropha, a feedstock best grown in warm climates like southern China and Africa, will be tested by Boeing in commercial jets by the middle of next year.  The test will be conducted exclusively in China with the cooperation of Air China and others, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Boeing executive Al Bryant noted in the article that there is concern that the days of petroleum-based jet fuel are nearing an end. Plus, success with biofuels could help stabilize costs.

"If we can do that (commercialize biofuels for aviation), that gives our customers an alternative supply of fuel, and hopefully we could smooth out some of the spikes in jet-fuel prices and allow airline operators to be more financially stable,"  Bryant said in the article.

Read the story here.