Honeywell Jet Biofuel

Honeywell Continues to Test New Jet Biofuel

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted April 23, 2012

Honeywell subsidiary UOP LLC recently announced that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel will be tested using a new industrial oilseed biofeedstock designed for biofuel production.

These test flights will take place in Canada under the supervision of the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Agrisoma Biosciences. An additional aircraft will follow behind the testing aircraft in order to collect information regarding emissions.

Honeywell has made progress in testing out its blends of jet fuel. Previous tests have shown a greenhouse gas reduction of 60-85% compared to traditional petroleum-based fuels.

What makes this test so important is Honeywell will also be testing higher ratios of the Honeywell Green Jet Fuel biofuel than previously demonstrated.

In the past, the highest ratio was a clean 50/50 split between biofuel and jet fuel. The Honeywell Green Jet Fuel is produced from Resonance Energy Feedstock, which is a new type of non-food oilseed crop engineered by Agrisoma. The feedstock is actually derived from Ethiopian mustard and has an oil content of 44%.

The process by which Honeywell’s biofuel works is based on catalytic deoxygenation, isomerization and a selective breaking apart of the hydrocarbons in natural oils and fats. The end result is a very high quality and low sulfur jet fuel that meets all the standards of Jet A-1 specifications.

Test flights are planned to take place some time this month using a modified Falcon 20 twin-engine jet.

Honeywell UOP was originally contracted by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in 2007.