United Airlines begins using renewable jet fuel made from Honeywell UOP technology

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) UOP said that United Airlines will use Honeywell Green Jet Fuelâ„¢ to power 12,500 flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and support energy diversification, the company said.

Fuel for the flights was produced by AltAir Paramount LLC using Honeywell UOP´s proprietary renewable jet fuel process technology, which converts non-edible animal fats and oils into renewable fuels. The process is fully compatible with existing equipment commonly used in today´s refineries, making it easier for refiners to use existing infrastructure to produce renewable fuels.

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can replace as much as 50 percent of petroleum-derived jet fuel used in flight, without any changes to the aircraft technology, while meeting the current ASTM jet fuel specifications for flight. Depending on the biofeedstock, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can offer a 65 to 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with petroleum-based fuels.

United will fly on a blend of 30 percent renewable jet fuel and 70 percent petroleum jet fuel. The company will purchase 15 million gallons of renewable jet fuel from AltAir over a three-year period.

AltAir operates the world´s first dedicated commercial-scale renewable jet fuel production facility. The company developed and operates several units at the Paramount Petroleum Corporation (a subsidiary of Alon USA Energy) refinery for the production of low carbon fuels and chemicals derived from sustainable feedstocks. AltAir revamped portions of the petroleum refinery in Paramount and is now producing renewable transportation fuels for commercial and military use. The plant also has produced Honeywell Green Dieselâ„¢, a drop-in replacement for diesel made from petroleum, using the same process technology.

Honeywell Green Diesel offers up to an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions versus diesel from petroleum. Chemically identical to petroleum diesel, Honeywell Green Diesel can be used in any proportion in existing fuel tanks without infrastructure changes. Unlike biodiesel, Honeywell Green Diesel is a drop-in replacement for traditional diesel.

AltAir is the second US fuel producer using Honeywell UOP technology to produce renewable fuels and the first producing renewable jet fuel, joining Diamond Green Diesel, which is producing renewable diesel in Louisiana.

AltAir Paramount is a 35 million gallon per year renewable fuels company that operates at Paramount Petroleum Corporation´s refinery in Paramount, Calif.

Honeywell UOP supplies and licenses process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. It is part of Honeywell´s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group, which also includes Honeywell Process Solutions, a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, chemical and other industries.