Can jet fuel ever be easy on the earth? Or, at least, less polluting? The answer appears to be ‘yes,’ as the folks at UOP LLC., ( a Honeywell company) recently announced that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel has now successfully been used to power a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet.
The fuel was produced by Honeywell’s UOP business unit under a project for U.S. Defense Energy Support Center using sustainable, non-food feedstocks, including animal fats, algae and camelina. Honeywell UOP’s Green Jet Fuel process technology was originally developed under a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to produce renewable military jet fuel for the military, and makes use of a process based on hydroprocessing technology commonly used in refineries to produce transportation fuels, resulting in an aviation biofuel that can be blended seamlessly with petroleum-based fuel and requires no changes in existing aircraft technology.
The Navy plans a total of 17 flights as part of its efforts to certify the use of alternative fuels in military aircraft. The Air Force has also tested the Green Jet Fuel in a demonstration flight with an A-10 Thunderbolt II in March, as well as with a 50/50 blend of Green Jet Fuel made from camelina and petroleum-derived military jet fuel.