Honeywell Enters Canadian Flight Programme to Test a New Biofeedstock and Higher Blends of Its Green Jet Fuel
(GreenAirOnline) Honeywell’s UOP has started what it describes as the world’s first comprehensive test programme involving its Green Jet Fuel product and a new biofeedstock specifically designed for biofuel production. A series of test flights are being carried out in Canada in collaboration with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and Ottawa-based Agrisoma Biosciences, which has produced a new non-food, industrial oilseed crop derived from Brassica carinata. The programme will also test blends of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel at higher ratios than the 50/50 level approved by fuel standards body ASTM last year for commercial use. Canada’s first revenue biofuel flight last month by Porter Airlines used a blend that contained one per cent of Agrisoma’s feedstock.
The test flights are being conducted on a modified Falcon 20 twin-engine jet featuring in-flight collection of emissions by a trailing T-33 aircraft equipped to measure in-flight emissions, allowing for later evaluation of the fuel’s emissions performance. The flights will provide the world’s first ever real-time, in-flight emissions measurements for a biojet fuel. Previous evaluations of Honeywell’s Green Jet Fuel have found a 60 to 85 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to petroleum-based fuels, claims the company. READ MORE