Honeywell Completes Initial Testing of Renewable Jet Fuel on APU and
Renewable Jet Fuel Delivers Comparable Performance to Traditional Fuel
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
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
“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 www.uop.com.
Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100
diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide
with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes
and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials.
Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York,
London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on
Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.
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