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Honeywell Completes Initial Testing of Renewable Jet Fuel on APU and Turbofan Engines

Renewable Jet Fuel Delivers Comparable Performance to Traditional Fuel Sources

PARIS AIR SHOW, June 15, 2009 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today it has completed initial testing of renewable jet fuel on its 131-9 Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and TFE 731-5 turbofan engine, with results comparable to traditional aviation fuels.

An APU is a small gas-powered turbine engine that provides bleed air for main engine starting and electrical power for cockpit and galley systems. The 131-9 is the most commonly used APU for single-aisle commercial transport aircraft. The TFE 731-5 powers a variety of medium and large business jet aircraft.

The renewable jet fuel was produced using technology from Honeywell’s UOP, a leading developer of process technology for refining, for use in the Boeing sustainable biofuel flight test program, and was tested by Honeywell Aerospace in cooperation with Boeing and UOP.

“In a series of tests in both propulsion engines and commercial APUs, Honeywell saw no degradation in engine performance or fuel consumption,” said Bob Smith, Vice President, Advanced Technology, Honeywell Aerospace. “The test regime for both APUs and turbofan engines included evaluation of combustion characteristics along with full-engine testing of both the APU and turbofan engine, and, in each of these tests, the engines performed just as they would with traditional aviation fuels.”

“Renewable jet fuel made from sustainable sources like jatropha and algae has great potential to reduce the carbon footprint of jet engines in the coming decades while reducing our dependence on traditional fossil sources,” said Ron Rich, Director, Advanced Technology, Honeywell Aerospace. “These testing results are a strong step towards certification and commercial use in the coming years.”

The fuel was produced using oil from algae and jatropha, two sustainable, second-generation sources that do not interfere with food, land or water resources using UOP’s proprietary process technology. In this process, hydrogen is added to remove oxygen from the biological feedstock resulting in a high quality, bio-derived fuel that blends seamlessly with petroleum-based fuel and acts as a drop-in replacement. The fuel meets all the critical specifications for flight.

“Our technology produces biofuels that perform as well as or better than their petroleum-based alternatives and leverage the existing fuel infrastructure and fleet technology to lower capital costs and simplify adoption,” said the General Manager of UOP Renewable Energy and Chemicals Jennifer Holmgren.

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, developed initially under a contact from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is based on the hydroprocessing technology commonly used in today’s refineries to produce transportation fuels.

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Honeywell’s $12 billion aerospace business is a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations.

UOP LLC, headquartered in Des Plaines, Illinois, USA, is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, process plants, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. UOP is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honeywell International, Inc. and is part of Honeywell’s Specialty Materials strategic business group. For more information, go to

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