A new dreamliner of Qantas will be powered by high quality aviation biofuel produced from Brassica Carinata, a non-food industrial type of mustard seed early next year to fly between Los Angeles and Melbourne.
Qantas has signed a historical partnership with Agrisoma Biosciences, the Canadian based agricultural technology – company who developed the carinata. The partnership has a long-term strategic goal of growing 400,000 hectares of carinata which would yield over 200 million litres of bio-jet fuel each year.
Carinata does not require specialised production or processing techniques. It is water efficient and The University of Queensland field trials in Gatton, Queensland, and in Bordertown, South Australia, have demonstrated it should do very well in the Australian climate. It could be sown even in fallow areas where food crops fail or in between regular crop cycles, known as “cover cropping”. Rotational or break-crops improves soil quality, reduces erosion for food crops and provides farmers with additional annual income.
The crushed seed also produces a high-quality, high-protein, non-GMO meal for the livestock, dairy and poultry market of Australia.
This renewable bio-jet fuel is chemically equivalent to, and meets, the same technical, performance and safety standards as conventional jet fuel.