USAF Deal Sparks New Assurance on Renewable Fuel Use

4 October 2009 (Last Updated October 4th, 2009 18:30)

Honeywell subsidiary UOP is going to produce renewable jet fuels for the US Air Force. Using its renewable jet fuel process technology it will produce up to 400,000gal from sustainable, non-food feedstocks including animal fats, algae and camelina for the force. These sustain

Honeywell subsidiary UOP is going to produce renewable jet fuels for the US Air Force.

Using its renewable jet fuel process technology it will produce up to 400,000gal from sustainable, non-food feedstocks including animal fats, algae and camelina for the force.

These sustainable feedstocks do not interfere with valuable food, land or water resources.

UOP developed its process technology for the production of high-quality renewable jet fuel in 2007 under a contract from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for JP-8 fuel for the US military.

The technology was also used to produce renewable jet fuel for demonstration flights conducted with Boeing, Air New Zealand, Continental Airlines and Japan Airlines earlier in 2009.

The biofuels met or exceeded performance specifications for petroleum-based jet fuel during the demonstrations and did not have any adverse effects on any of the aircraft systems.

UOP will also produce 190,000gal of renewable fuel for the US Navy.

The initial fuel will be delivered in 2009 and 2010 to support certification and testing of alternative fuels for US military aircraft.