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Company Preparing To Unveil Algae Hybrid Aircraft

June 4, 2010

Technical director of European aerospace giant EADS said on Friday that it is preparing to unveil the world’s first “hybrid” aircraft that runs on algae fuel.

Director Jean Botti told the Die Welt daily that the firm will present the machine at the Berlin Air Show (ILA) that runs from June 9 to 13.

“At the ILA, we are going to fly for the first time a craft with biofuel that has been made 100 percent from algae. That is a world premiere,” Botti said.

“We need a paradigm shift in the aviation industry. We soon need an alternative to kerosene,” he said, adding: “If 10 percent of our fleet is flying with biofuel in 2040, I would be extremely happy.”

Die Welt reported that the aircraft was a helicopter.  However, company spokesman Gregor Kursell told AFP that the technology would be used only in planes.

Fast-growing algae is quickly gaining ground as a potential renewable energy source.

Experts say it is also potentially useful for its ability to devour carbon dioxide while living happily in places not needed for food crops.

“I have high hopes for algae,” said Botti.

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