United Airlines invests $5 million in algae-based fuel producer

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United Airlines has revealed its plans to develop sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) from algae. By investing $5 million in algae biofuel producer Viridos, the carrier aims to unlock algae’s exciting potential when it comes to SAF production.

The technology used by Viridos accelerates the amount of oil that can be produced from microalgae. This oil can then in turn be used to develop sustainable aviation fuel, which according to current estimates, is expected to have a 70% lesser carbon footprint compared to traditional aviation fuel. Uniquely, algae can be grown and harvested at scale without impacting on the food chain.

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