Honeywell's UOP Renewable Jet Fuel Technology to be Used for U.S. Military
Testing and Certification
Process technology will produce renewable jet fuel from algae, animal fats and camelina
Honeywell's UOP will use its renewable jet fuel process technology to
produce up to 600,000 gallons of renewable jet fuel for the U.S. Navy and Air
Force as part of a joint program for the U.S. Defense Energy Support Center
(DESC) for alternative fuels testing and certification.
Working with feedstock partners Sustainable Oils, Solazyme and Cargill,
Honeywell's UOP will produce up to 190,000 gallons of fuel for the Navy and
400,000 gallons for the Air Force from sustainable, non-food feedstocks
including animal fats, algae and camelina. The initial fuel will be delivered
in 2009 and 2010 to support certification and testing of alternative fuels for
U.S. military aircraft.
"We are pleased to see that the U.S. military is taking this important step
toward the use of bio-derived jet fuel on its platforms," said Jennifer
Holmgren, vice president and general manager of UOP Renewable Energy &
Chemicals. "We have proven our technology produces a viable fuel in
commercial flight applications and are pleased to have the opportunity to work
with our partners to support the needs of the U.S. military."
DESC awarded a contract to Sustainable Oils for use of camelina as the
feedstock to produce fuel, and Solazyme was awarded a contract for use of algae
as the feedstock. UOP was awarded a contract for fuel made from tallow, or
animal fat, provided by Cargill. These sustainable feedstocks do not interfere
with valuable food, land or water resources.
The UOP process technology for the production of high-quality renewable jet
fuel was originally developed in 2007 under a contract from the U.S. Defense
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to produce renewable JP-8 fuel for
the U.S. military. The technology was used to produce renewable jet fuel for
demonstration flights conducted with Boeing, Air New Zealand, Continental
Airlines and Japan Airlines earlier this year. In each flight, these biofuels
met or exceeded performance specifications for petroleum-based jet fuel and
displayed no adverse effects on any of the aircraft systems.
UOP's renewable jet fuel process utilizes traditional refinery hydroprocessing
technology to convert natural oils and fats to renewable synthetic paraffinic
kerosene (SPK). SPK meets all of the critical specifications for flight and can
be blended with petroleum-based jet fuel for use without any modification to
For more information on UOP or its process technology, catalysts, adsorbents,
process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining,
petrochemical, and gas processing industries, please visit www.uop.com.