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Northwest has potential to develop airplane biofuels industry

Consortium says region has what it takes to create new industry

The Northwest has what it takes to create a viable biofuels industry for airplanes, according to a new consortium, Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest.

Airports in Portland, Seattle-Tacoma and Spokane teamed with Boeing, Alaska Airlines and Washington State University to explore the feasibility of creating a Northwest aviation biofuels industry. After releasing a 10-month on May 25, the group concluded the region has the diverse feedstocks, fuel-delivery infrastructure and political will needed to build a viable industry here. Possible fuels include oil seeds, forest residues, solid waste and algae.

For more information: www.safnw.com.