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Honeywell process used to produce jet fuel

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Qantas Airlines has operated a 13 000 km flight from Los Angeles, US, to Melbourne, Australia, using Honeywell Green Jet FuelTM. The flight was the first between the two countries using this fuel, which is manufactured from non-edible industrial mustard seeds (Carinata seeds).

AltAir Paramount LLC produced the fuel for the flight using Honeywell UOP’s Renewable Jet Fuel process technology. This technology converts non-edible animal fats and oils into renewable fuels. The Carinata seeds are pressed and yield half their weight in oils, which are then refined into jet fuel.

Qantas established a partnership with Agrisoma to promote Carinata as a renewable feedstock for making commercial aviation biofuel. The first such commercial seed crop is expected to harvest in 2020.

AltAir operates the world’s first commercial-scale renewable jet fuel plant at the AltAir Paramount refinery in Paramount, California. The plant produces 35 million gal./yr of renewable fuels, including Honeywell Green Jet Fuel.

“Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can replace as much as half of the petroleum jet fuel used in flight, without any changes to the aircraft technology, and still meet ASTM specifications,” said Dave Cepla, senior director of Honeywell UOP’s Renewable Energy & Chemicals business. “Depending on the feedstock, this fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 – 85% vs petroleum jet fuel.”

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