USA: United Airlines begins commercial flights using Honeywell UOP

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United Airlines Begins Regular Commercial Flights Using Renewable Jet Fuel Made From Honeywell UOP Technology

DES PLAINES, Ill., March 11, 2016 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) UOP announced that starting today United Airlines will use Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ to power 12,500 flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco as part of its efforts to reduce carbon emissions and support energy diversification.

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.

Up to 50 percent of the fuel

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.

“United’s commitment to using renewable fuel in everyday service is a significant milestone in the adoption and use of sustainable fuels,” said Veronica May, vice president and general manager of Honeywell UOP’s Renewable Energy and Chemicals business.

“Honeywell UOP has developed a versatile portfolio of technologies that can produce renewable diesel and jet fuel, and we’ve seen a range of uses including commercial and military aircraft, bus fleets and ships. We remain committed to providing refiners and other producers the best technology for making renewable fuels.”

First commercial-scale renewable jet fuel production facility

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.

HVO diesel

The plant also has produced Honeywell Green Diesel™, 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.

Second in USA

AltAir is the second U.S. 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.

 

About

AltAir Paramount is a 35 million gallon per year renewable fuels company that operates at Paramount Petroleum Corporation’s refinery in Paramount, Calif. AltAir is an innovator in the renewable fuels sector, providing a drop-in replacement to conventional fuels, and is the world’s first dedicated commercial-scale renewable jet fuel production facility. AltAir Paramount is a subsidiary of Alon USA Energy with its partners being Vandewater Capital Holdings and New Energy Capital.

Honeywell UOP (www.uop.com) is a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries. UOP is part of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies strategic business group, which also includes Honeywell Process Solutions  (www.honeywellprocess.com),  a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, chemical and other industries.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and  performance materials.  For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.