Honeywell makes fuel from mustard seeds for trans-Pacific flight



Honeywell (NYSE: HON) UOP has announced that Qantas Airlines operated a 13,000-km flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia using Honeywell Green Jet Fuelâ„¢, the company said.

The flight was the first between the US and Australia to use this fuel, which was manufactured from Carinata seeds engineered by Agrisoma Biosciences.

Fuel for the flight was produced by AltAir Paramount LLC using Honeywell UOP´s Renewable Jet Fuelâ„¢ process technology, which converts non-edible animal fats and oils into renewable fuels. The Carinata seeds used for the fuel are a non-edible industrial mustard seed. They are pressed and yield half their weight in oils that are then refined into jet fuel.

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

AltAir, which converted the Carinata oil into jet fuel, operates the world´s first commercial-scale renewable jet fuel plant at the AltAir Paramount refinery in Paramount, Calif. The plant produces 35 million gallons per year of renewable fuels, including Honeywell Green Jet Fuel, using Honeywell´s UOP Renewable Jet Fuel process, which produces fuels that are chemically identical to petroleum-based fuels.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally.