Biojet initiatives continue globally
UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced in October that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced using Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Jet Fuel process powered the first commercial flight in Columbia operating on biobased jet fuel. A LAN Airbus A320 flew from Bogotá El Dorado International Airport to Santiago de Cali, Columbia using a 30/70 blend of biojet. The renewable aviation fuel was produced from camelina feedstock.
Meanwhile, Boeing and South African Airways signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on developing a biofuel supply chain in Southern Africa. Boeing has also worked jointly with airlines, research institutions, governments and other stakeholders to develop road maps for biofuel supply chains in several countries and regions, including the United States, China, Australia and Brazil. The company’s plan to work with SAA is the first such project in Africa.
Biojet initiatives are also progressing in the U.S. This fall, the Federal Aviation Administration announced the formation of a new center of excellence (COE) for alternative jet fuels and the environment. The COE, which includes 16 university partners and more than 50 industry and national laboratory partners, will be headquartered at Washington State University Tri-Cities, in Richland, Wash.