- ISEAS project seeks to grow jet biofuel in desert
- The concept is being tested in Abu Dhabi, UAE
- The project uses only sun and seawater
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(CNN)The aviation industry is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011, aviation contributed around 3% of Australia's emissions. Despite improvements in efficiency, global aviation emissions are expected to grow 70% by 2020 from 2005. While the industry is seeking new renewable fuel sources, growing biofuels takes up valuable land and water that could be otherwise used to grow food.