Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A former airline pilot produces renewable biodiesel fuel - March 1, 2007

"After ten years of flying jets for Northwest Airlines, John Plaza decided during a long, cold layover that he wanted to change the world. 'I was flying cargo planes from Anchorage to Tokyo,' says Plaza, 41. 'I did a rough estimate and realized that the tonnage of fuel it took to fly my 747 to Tokyo could power my Nissan Maxima for about 42 years.'
Inspired to launch a renewable-energy business, Plaza chose biodiesel, a clean-burning alternative to petroleum diesel that can be made from most types of vegetable oil. He cashed in his 401(k), mortgaged his home and sold his ski boat to buy a 5,000-square-foot warehouse in an industrial section of Seattle. "

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