By utilizing the Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Jet Fuel process, UOP LLC, Honeywell Company has started the first ever commercial flight in Colombia which operates with renewable jet fuel.
UOP, a recognized global leader in process technology to convert petroleum feed stocks to fuels and chemicals, is developing a range of processes to produce green fuels from natural feed stocks.
A LAN Airbus A320 aircraft traveled with 174 passengers from Bogotá El Dorado International Airport to Santiago de Cali, Colombia. One of the aircraft’s two engines was powered by a 30/70 blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel and petroleum-derived jet fuel. The renewable fuel was made with natural oils from camelina, an inedible plant that grows in conditions where food crops can not be grown. The flight marked the first time any aircraft in Colombia has flown on renewable jet fuel.
“Honeywell Green Jet Fuel has been proven repeatedly in military and commercial flights as an alternative fuel source that meets increasingly strict emission standards and strict flight specifications,” said Jim Rekoske, Vice President and General Manager of UOP’s Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit. “We look forward to provide sustainable energy solutions that help support Colombia’s significant feed stock potential.”
Depending on the feed stock, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can offer a 65 to 85 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to petroleum-based fuels. Each gallon of camelina-based Honeywell Green Jet Fuel burned instead of petroleum reduces net carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 68 per cent.
When used in up to a 50 per cent blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel requires no changes to be done to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight.
In addition to its Renewable Jet Fuel Process technology, the company has commercialized the UOP/Eni Ecofining™ process to produce Honeywell Green Diesel™ from biological feed stocks.