Country shows strong support for biofuels production and has significant feedstock potential
Green Jet Fuel produced using Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Jet Fuel process powered the first commercial flight in Colombia operating with renewable jet fuel.
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 feedstock potential.”
Depending on the feedstock, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can offer a 65 to 85 percent 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 percent.
When used in up to a 50 percent blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight.
The UOP Renewable Jet Fuel Process technology was originally developed in 2007 under a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to produce renewable military jet fuel for the U.S. military. The process technology is fully compatible with existing hydroprocessing technology commonly used in today’s refineries to produce transportation fuels.
In addition to its Renewable Jet Fuel Process technology, UOP has commercialized the UOP/Eni Ecofining™ process to produce Honeywell Green Diesel™ from biological feedstocks. It also has a joint venture with Ensyn Corp. in Envergent Technologies LLC, which offers pyrolysis technology for the production of renewable heat, power and transportation fuels. To learn more about UOP’s developing range of processes to produce green fuels from natural feedstocks, visit uop.com.
Photo courtesy of The Boeing Company