Honeywell's UOP Working With Aviation and Refining Leaders in China to Create Sustainable Aviation Biofuels Industry

The collaborations were announced at the joint opening of the Renewable Energy and Advanced Biofuel Fora on May 26, 2010 at the Beijing Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.


DES PLAINES, Ill., May 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- UOP LLC, a Honeywell (NYSE: HON) company, announced today that it will collaborate with aviation and refining leaders, including PetroChina, Air China and Boeing, to evaluate and demonstrate sustainable aviation biofuels in China.

Honeywell's UOP will be part of a team led by China's National Energy Administration (NEA) and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USDTA) that will work to address the technical, economic and institutional factors required for the development of a new biofuels industry in China. The team, which includes government agencies and associations along with aviation and biofuel companies, will address feedstock harvesting and processing, the establishment of refining capacity for commercial production, and the development of the infrastructure to store, deliver and dispense biofuels.

The collaborations were announced at the joint opening of the Renewable Energy and Advanced Biofuel Fora on May 26, 2010 at the Beijing Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. The NEA and the Civil Aviation Administration of China were joined by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman to commemorate the agreements.

Honeywell's UOP signed a memorandum of understanding to work jointly with PetroChina, Air China and Boeing to evaluate and plan a biofuel demonstration flight in China. The flight would use Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(TM) made from sustainable, non-food feedstocks using UOP processing technology.

"Developing an aviation biofuel industry is a high priority for China to address growing concern over greenhouse gas emissions and the threat of volatile jet fuel costs," said Jennifer Holmgren, vice president of Renewable Energy and Chemicals for Honeywell's UOP. "This collaboration of governments and industry experts will develop the complete supply chain for affordable, safe and domestically produced aviation biofuels in China."

Aviation biofuel made by Honeywell's UOP has been used for biofuel demonstration flights on Boeing commercial aircraft with Air New Zealand, Continental Airlines, Japan Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines as well as on military demonstration flights with U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft.

The UOP process produces Green Jet Fuel which requires no changes to the aircraft engine technology when used at a 50 percent blend with petroleum-based jet fuel and meets or exceeds all specifications for flight. Green Jet Fuel made from second-generation, non-food sources such as camelina and jatropha plants offers up to an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over petroleum-based fuels.

In addition to the Green Jet Fuel technology developed by UOP, Honeywell's Aerospace business is involved with testing Green Jet Fuel on Honeywell engines and auxiliary power units, including 131-9 model APUs, which are used in Air China's fleet. "Test results indicate biofuels can lower life cycle carbon dioxide emissions, lowering the carbon footprint of aviation to improve the local air quality around airports," said Mark Howes, President of Honeywell Aerospace, Asia Pacific. Honeywell was recently selected to supply the auxiliary power unit for Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China's (COMAC) C919 new aircraft.

UOP, 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. The Green Jet Fuel process technology was developed in 2007 under a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

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. For more information, go to www.uop.com.

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