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Signifying the Start of Its Regular Use of Renewable Jet Fuel:
Three-Year Deal for Honeywell-UOP Process Fuel from AltAir
United Airlines commenced regular use of renewable jet fuel with an inaugural flight from the Los Angeles International Airport to San Francisco International this past Friday. “The launch marks a significant milestone in the commercial aviation industry by moving beyond demonstration flights and test programs to the use of advanced biofuels for United’s ongoing operations,” the airline said.
The fuel is processed from a range of renewable sources using technology from Honeywell UOP.
United has agreed to purchase up to 15 million gallons of sustainable biofuel from AltAir Paramount over a three-year period. “Depending on the feedstock used, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can offer a 65 to 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with petroleum-based jet fuel,” states a Honeywell UOP release.
Meets ASTM D1655
AltAir’s fuel meets the same standard as traditional jet fuel, ASTM D1655, United says.
The Honeywell UOP process is also used by Diamond Green Diesel, which makes renewable diesel fuel in Louisiana.
“Production by AltAir and Diamond Green Diesel demonstrates that the vision of producing real fuels from sustainable feedstocks has taken the crucial step from technology demonstration to commercial-scale production,” Honeywell UOP renewable energy and chemicals VP Veronica May says in her company’s announcement about the United flights.
‘A Commercial Plant That’s Supplying an Airline’
“Honeywell UOP is committed to continuing to advance its technology to give fuel producers options to use sustainable feedstocks,” she said.
“We have a commercial plant that’s supplying an airline on a continual basis,” she said of United and AltAir today.
Big Oil Is Talking Alternatives
May is attending this week’s AFPM/American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers conference in San Francisco. Biofuels, she says, has emerged as a viable topic there. “A lot of people rush to be second,” she told F&F.
United says that it has begun using the AltAir biofuel in its daily operations at LAX, “storing and delivering it in the same way as traditional fuel.” The carrier says it will operate flights between Los Angeles and San Francisco “with the dedicated use of AltAir Paramount renewable fuel for two weeks, while also integrating this fuel into its regular operations at the airport.”
‘Regularly Scheduled Service Utilizing Advanced Biofuels’
“Today’s historic launch of regularly scheduled service utilizing advanced biofuels represents a major next step in our ongoing commitment to operate sustainably and responsibly,” Angela Foster-Rice, United’s managing director of environmental affairs and sustainability, said in a Friday release.
“We are taking action every day to minimize our impact on the environment and explore new ways to improve efficiency,” Foster-Rice said.
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