Honeywell's UOP gets 2010 sustainable energy award

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has been awarded the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) 2010 Sustainable Energy Award for its work on biofuels process technology.

The award from AIChE recognizes contributions toward the innovation, sustainability and conservation of energy through the application of chemical engineering.

Rajeev Gautam, president and CEO of Honeywell’s UOP, said, “The solutions we have created to convert biological feedstocks into real, drop-in fuels are not only economically viable under current regulations, but they are aligned with today’s standard refinery practices and can greatly contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”

Honeywell’s UOP was recognized for developing process technology to broaden the range of feedstock options for the creation of high quality biofuels.

Honeywell’s UOP and Eni SpA jointly developed the UOP/Eni Ecofining™ process, which uses hydroprocessing technology to convert non-food natural oils and animal fats to Honeywell Green Diesel™ fuel. The product, which is chemically indistinguishable from traditional diesel fuel, offers improved performance including a higher cetane value, excellent cold-flow performance and reduced emissions over both biodiesel and petroleum-based diesel. Green Diesel offers value as a blending stock for refiners seeking to enhance existing diesel fuels and expand the diesel pool.

The company has also developed the process to produce Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™ for use in commercial and military aircraft. The process produces an aviation fuel that meets or exceeds all critical specifications for flight while offering reduced emissions. To date, Green Jet Fuel has been proven for flight on six commercial biofuel flights and several jet and helicopter flights with the United States Navy and Air Force.