UOP, a Honeywell company, has announced that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel was used in a 50/50 blend with petroleum-derived jet fuel to propel all five of Gulfstream’s demonstration aircraft to this year’s NBAA convention on October 27 and 28.
The renewable fuel was made from natural oils extracted from camelina, an inedible plant that grows in conditions where food crops cannot survive.
Honeywell Green Jet Fuel has been proved repeatedly throughout the aviation community as an alternative fuel source that not only meets strict flight specifications but also offers significant emissions reductions, according to Jim Rekoske, vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit.
Each gallon of camelina-based Honeywell Green Jet Fuel burned instead of petroleum reduces the net carbon-dioxide equivalent emissions by 68 percent. Depending on the type of feedstock, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can offer a 65- to 85-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to petroleum-based fuels. When used as part of a 50-percent blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel is a drop-in replacement that requires no changes to aircraft technologies and meets all critical specifications for flight.
In 2011 a Honeywell-operated Gulfstream G450 became the first aircraft to fly from North America to Europe with a 50-50 blend of the Honeywell synthetic fuel and petroleum-based jet fuel powering one of the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce engines. According to Honeywell, it was also the first business jet to be powered by a biofuel.