Honeywell has unveiled its UOP eFining™ technology that can reportedly cut greenhouse gas emissions by 88% compared to traditional jet fuel. The innovative solution, designed for the production of low-carbon sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), will be adopted by HIF Global at its second eFuels plant in the U.S.
The UOP eFining technology transforms eMethanol into eSAF efficiently and on a large scale, creating a high yield at a lower cost than similar technologies. This new fuel, when mixed with regular jet fuel, seamlessly substitutes the traditional fuel without necessitating alterations to aircraft technology or fuel infrastructure.
Embracing the new tech, Lucian Boldea, Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies CEO, stated that Honeywell is committed to supporting the aviation sector’s long-term decarbonization by developing technologies that utilize new feedstocks. He emphasized the critical role of readily abundant CO2 in SAF production.
HIF Global, the first to sign a commercial agreement for eSAF production with Honeywell’s UOP eFining, anticipates it will become the world’s largest eSAF facility. By 2030, the plant aims to recycle around 2 million tons of captured CO2 to generate approximately 11,000 barrels of eSAF daily.
HIF USA CEO, Renato Pereira, sees the collaboration with Honeywell as a game-changer in transforming recycled CO2 into a valuable resource to replace fossil fuels in the aviation sector.
Growing demand for SAF has led to initiatives like the Biden Administration’s Sustainable Aviation Fuel Grand Challenge and the European Council’s ReFuelEU Aviation rules. These initiatives aim to accelerate SAF production, setting ambitious targets for the aviation fuel supply sector by 2050.
Honeywell’s commitment to carbon neutrality by 2035 underscores its dedication to reducing greenhouse gas intensity in its operations and facilities. The company is also actively investing in research and development for products that enhance environmental and social outcomes.
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