Jatropha – a possible source of bio diesel?

Air New Zealand has been trialling for Boeing and Rolls Royce a mix of traditional kerosene fuel with oil from the Jatropha plant seed (Jatropha Curas) in one of its airplanes. Jatropha oil mixed with kerosene improved fuel consumption by slightly more than one percent, which could lead to savings of four and a half tonnes of carbon dioxide over a typical long haul flight if the plane was powered by a fifty/fifty mix of Jatropha oil and kerosene. Continue reading