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Honeywell Green Jet Fuel powers full Gulfstream model range

30 October 2012

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced using Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Jet Fuel process powered demonstration flights by Gulfstream Aerospace to this year’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. Five Gulfstream aircraft traveled on 27 and 28 October from Gulfstream’s headquarters in Savannah, Ga., to Orlando, Fla., for the NBAA convention, the world’s largest civil aviation tradeshow.

Both engines of the aircraft were powered by a 50/50 blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel and petroleum-derived jet fuel. The renewable fuel was made with natural oils from camelina. This marked the first time Gulfstream’s entire model range has flown on renewable jet fuel.

Gulfstream G150, G280, G450, G550 and G650 aircraft participated in the flights. Previously, Gulfstream’s G450 was the only Gulfstream aircraft flown using renewable jet fuel.

Each gallon on camelina-based Honeywell Green Jet Fuel burned instead of petroleum reduces the net carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 68%. Depending on the feedstock, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel can offer a 65–85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to petroleum-based fuels.

When used as part of a 50% blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel is a drop-in replacement for petroleum-based jet fuel that requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight.

Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Jet Fuel Process technology was originally developed in 2007 under a contract from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to produce renewable military jet fuel for the US military. The process technology is fully compatible with existing hydroprocessing technology commonly used in today’s refineries to produce transportation fuels.

In 2011, a Honeywell-operated Gulfstream G450 became the first aircraft to fly from North America to Europe with a 50/50 blend of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel and petroleum-based jet fuel, powering one of the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce engines. It was also the first business jet to be powered by a biofuel.

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