Honeywell's UOP Green Fuel Technology Powered Biofuel Demonstration Flights
for Japan Airlines, Air New Zealand, and Continental Airlines
Honeywell's UOP Green Fuel Technology Powers Biofuel Demonstration Flights For Japan Airlines, Air New Zealand and Continental Airlines
Process technology made by UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, was used to convert
second-generation, renewable feedstocks to green jet fuel which powered biofuel
demonstration flights by Japan Airlines (JAL), Air New Zealand and Continental
"These demonstration flights have had a tremendous impact on how the
aviation community thinks about biofuels," said Jennifer Holmgren, general
manager of UOP's Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit. "We were
able to demonstrate that our technology produces on-spec green jet fuel from
sustainable feedstocks and that commercial-scale production and usage of these
biofuels in the aviation industry could be a reality in a matter of just a few
UOP collaborated with Boeing, the airlines and engine manufacturers for each of
the three flights to produce and test renewable jet fuel made from sustainable
natural oils. The Air New Zealand flight used oil from jatropha, an inedible
plant that can grow in conditions where other food crops cannot, as the source
for the biofuel. The Continental flight used oil from both jatropha and algae,
and the JAL flight used oil from jatropha, algae and camelina, an energy crop
with high oil content that can grow in rotation with wheat and other cereal
Each of the flights used a 50/50 blend of biofuel and petroleum-based fuel in
one engine. In each flight the engine using biofuel performed as well as the
engine with only petroleum-based fuel.
There is work needed to achieve commercial production and use. Data from each
of the flights will be compiled and made available for use by the American
Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International committee for approval
and certification. Additionally, further development is needed to harvest and
process sustainable feedstocks, such as jatropha, algae and camelina, in
commercial-scale quantities. UOP will need to license its technology and
support the design of a production facility.
UOP believes that biofuels could begin making an impact on the aviation jet
fuel supply in three to five years.
UOP, a recognized global leader in process technology to convert petroleum
feedstocks to fuels and chemicals, is developing a range of processes to
produce green fuels from natural feedstocks. UOP's green jet fuel process
technology is based on the hydroprocessing technology commonly used in today's
refineries to produce transportation fuels.
In this process, hydrogen is added to remove oxygen from the biological
feedstock such as oil from jatropha plants or algae. The result is a
bio-derived jet fuel that acts as a drop-in replacement for petroleum-based jet
fuel and meets all of the critical specifications for flight.
For more information on UOP, please visit www.uop.com.