DES PLAINES, Ill: UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that
Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced using its Green Jet Fuel process
technology powered a Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopter flown by the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
The flight, which is the first helicopter flight
using sustainable aviation biofuels to date, was conducted at
Gilze-Rijen Airbase, the home of the Royal Netherlands’ combat
helicopter fleet. Natural oils from algae and used cooking oil were
converted into Green Jet Fuel using process technology developed by
Honeywell’s UOP. The aviation biofuel was blended in a 50 percent
mixture with traditional jet fuel, and this blend was used to power one
of the Apache’s engines for a series of test maneuvers. No
modifications were made to the engine or airframe for the flight.
“We congratulate the Royal Netherlands Air Force on this first successful helicopter flight
and applaud their commitment to identifying new, sustainable sources
for aviation biofuel,” said Jim Rekoske, vice president and general
manager for the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business of Honeywell’s
UOP. “We continue to show through testing and demonstrations the
viability of biofuels for both military and commercial aviation.”
Honeywell Green Jet Fuel has been used in four previous commercial biofuel demonstration flights, including a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines demonstration flight in November 2009. The fuel has also been demonstrated in fixed-wing flights with the U.S. Air Force and Navy as part of a joint program for alternative fuels testing and certification under the U.S. Defense Energy Support Center (DESC).
The 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 produces an aviation biofuel that can be blended seamlessly
with petroleum-based fuel. As part of a 50 percent blend with
petroleum-derived jet fuel, Green Jet Fuel is a drop-in replacement
that requires no changes to the aircraft technology and meets all
critical specifications for flight.
Honeywell’s UOP business, 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. In addition to its Green Jet Fuel process technology, the
company has commercialized the UOP/Eni Ecofining process to produce
Honeywell Green Diesel from biological feedstocks. It has also a joint
venture with Ensyn Corp. in Envergent Technologies LLC, which offers
pyrolysis technology for the production of renewable heat, power and
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.
Honeywell International 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.