Honeywell Introduces Eco Jet Fuel For Military Aircraft

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.

Green Hornet

image via U.S. Navy

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.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.