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Honeywell receives two awards

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Honeywell has announced that two of its research teams were recognised with Heroes of Chemistry Awards for the development of environmentally preferable technologies.

The awards from the American Chemical Society, the largest scientific society in the world, were for development of a new low global warming potential refrigerant for mobile air conditioning, as well as a novel process to produce jet fuel from renewable sources.

"Honeywell's chemists and material scientists continue to invent breakthrough technologies that solve the world's environmental challenges," said Gavin Towler, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. "These awards are a recognition of our world class, cutting edge science and leadership in advanced chemistry, and our commitment to providing our customers with innovative solutions to society's greatest challenges."

The two technologies that were honoured were developed by teams from Honeywell Fluorine Products and Honeywell UOP respectively. Both technologies have reached significant milestones:

  • The refrigerant—HFO-1234yf—that was developed by Honeywell Fluorine Products is being used in 120 car models in 11 countries around the world. That equals more than 9 million vehicles, and the number is expected to surpass 18 million by the end of 2016 as more carmakers adopt it to comply with environmental regulations. HFO-1234yf has a global warming potential that is lower than carbon dioxide and 99.9% lower than the current, most widely used refrigerant, which is being phased out by regulations. Worldwide adoption of HFO-1234yf would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing more than 30 million cars from the roads.
  • Honeywell UOP, which developed the process to produce Honeywell Green Jet Fuel, earned a record number of 671 patents for new inventions in 2015. Almost all of the new patents relate to inventions that more efficiently convert hydrocarbons into transportation fuels. This particular jet fuel process is currently being used by AltAir Paramount LLC to produce fuel that United Airlines is using in regular commercial service. The fuel is manufactured from renewable sources such as inedible animal oils and fats that do not deplete or interfere with valuable food, land or water resources. On a lifecycle basis, the fuel produces 50 – 80% less greenhouse gas.

Adapted from press release by Francesca Brindle

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