The Wayne County Airport Authority and Michigan State University are teaming up to grow, harvest and process canola and oriental mustard seed into bioenergy on land at Detroit Metro Airport and Willow Run. It's part of their plan to increase sustainable aviation.
"The two airports have a total of about 1,700 acres of property potentially suitable for bioenergy cropping. Initially, WCAA has leased to MSUE three acres of airport-owned land on which biofuel crops, including canola and oriental mustard seed, have been planted and soon will be harvested, refined and tested. MSUE will be responsible for the overall management of the project grant, while WCAA will provide access to and use of acreage at its airports for a portion of the project, which is scheduled to be completed by February 2012."
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