Honeywell Introduces New Technology for Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Honeywell introduced the UOP eFining, an efficient Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) technology that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 88%, in comparison to jet fuel.
The UOP eFining is a methanol to jet fuel (MTJ) processing technology that converts eMethanol to eSAF. Honeywell explained that the technology is efficient and can result in a high yield eSAF production while reducing costs. The company highlighted that the technology allows blending with conventional jet fuel and works as a drop-in replacement fuel without the need of changing aircraft technology or fuel infrastructure, explained Honeywell via a press release.
"The ability to use readily abundant CO2 to produce SAF is a transformational opportunity for this market. Adding UOP eFining™ to our existing Ecofining and ethanol to jet technologies, Honeywell now offers multiple routes to market to meet the rapidly growing demand for renewable fuels including SAF," says Lucian Boldea, President and CEO, Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies.
The UOP eFining’s first customer could be HIF Global, which is expected to sign a commercial agreement to produce eSAF using Honeywell’s technology. HIF plans on using the solution at its second commercial-scale eFuels facility in the US, which is expected to become the world's largest eSAF facility. The plant will recycle about 2 million tons of captured CO2 to make approximately 11,000 barrels of eSAF daily by 2030.
"Honeywell and HIF Global together will transform recycled CO2 into a useful feedstock to replace fossil fuels in the very hard to abate aviation sector,” says Renato Pereira, CEO, HIF USA.
Honeywell aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035 and continues to pour investments to reduce greenhouse gas intensity on its operations and facilities. Currently, 60% of Honeywell's new product introduction research and development investment is directed toward environment and social outcomes.
SAF are increasingly penetrating the aviation industry, which has ramped up its sustainability efforts. Recently, Mexican ultra-low-cost airline Viva Aerobus announced an agreement for the purchase of 1 million L of SAF from oil refining company Neste, as the airline aims to reduce its carbon emissions and grow in the domestic and international markets. Neste’s SAF, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, and will be blended with conventional jet fuel for flights from the Los Angeles International Airport, California, to Guadalajara, Mexico City and Monterrey, as reported by MBN.