Agrisoma, World Energy, United Airlines partner to commercialize sustainable biofuels

Canadian agri-tech company Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. has announced it will partner with United Airlines and World Energy on Agrisoma´s second international commercial flight powered by biojet fuel made from Carinata seed oil, the company said.

The nonstop San Francisco-to-Zurich flight on a Boeing 787 departs on Sept. 14 at 2:10 p.m. from San Francisco International Airport and arrives Sept. 15 at 10:10 a.m. at Zurich Airport (aka Kloten Airport).

The biojet fuel made from Carinata and refined by World Energy´s Paramount facility replaces 30 percent of the petroleum jet fuel needed for the flight.

Earlier this year, Agrisoma, Australia´s Qantas Airways and World Energy partnered on a transpacific flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne that used biojet fuel produced from Carinata.

Carinata Biojet fuel is made by harvesting tons of Carinata crop, crushing the grain to recover the oil and refining that oil into jet fuel. Production of biofuel from Carinata seeds yields both biofuel and, as a byproduct, high-protein animal feed. Stems and leaves from the crop are returned to the field to enrich the soil for subsequent crops. Carinata is the first oilseed to be certified sustainable by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), the independent global standard and certification program for sustainable biofuels.

Agrisoma Biosciences Inc. is an agricultural company based in Gatineau, Quebec, that has commercialized Carinata, a non-food oilseed crop designed for sustainable production of biofuels.