Honeywell Technology Helping to Produce Sustainable Aviation Fuel with Lower Cost and Waste
04.25.2024 By Tank Terminals - NEWS

April 25, 2024 [Storage Terminals Magazine]- Honeywell has unveiled its latest hydrocracking technology, designed to produce sustainable aviation fuel from biomass, offering a solution that reduces carbon emissions by up to 90 percent compared to traditional fossil-based jet fuels. This innovative technology not only enhances the production of SAF by 3-5 percent but also achieves a cost reduction of up to 20 percent, while simultaneously minimising waste streams from the process.


The Fischer-Tropsch Unicracking technology developed by Honeywell allows for the conversion of liquids and waxes derived from various biomass sources, including agricultural residues, wood waste, and food scraps, into SAF that meets stringent aviation industry standards. This advancement aligns with Honeywell’s strategic focus on key megatrends, including the energy transition, by providing a sustainable solution for the aviation sector.

Ken West, president and CEO of Honeywell Energy and Sustainability Solutions, highlighted the importance of expanding feedstock options for SAF production, especially as demand continues to rise. By integrating the new hydrocracking technology with the existing Fischer-Tropsch process, Honeywell aims to diversify feedstock sources, thus enhancing the industry’s capacity to produce SAF sustainably.

DG Fuels, the world’s largest SAF producer using the FT process, has selected Honeywell’s FT Unicracking technology for its upcoming biofuels manufacturing facility in Louisiana. This facility is expected to supply substantial volumes of SAF, significantly contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions in global air travel. Michael Darcy, CEO of DG Fuels, emphasised the pivotal role of Honeywell’s technology in supporting the aviation industry’s ambitious sustainability goals.

Honeywell’s track record in SAF production dates back to the introduction of its Ecofining™ process in 2016. With a comprehensive portfolio of renewable fuel technologies, including Ethanol to Jet and eFining™, Honeywell is well-positioned to meet the growing demand for SAF across diverse feedstock sources. Over 50 sites worldwide have licensed Honeywell’s SAF technologies, with anticipated production capacities exceeding 500,000 barrels per day, further solidifying the company’s leadership in sustainable aviation fuel production.


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