The new solution is an attempt to meet the rising demand for 2030 sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) mandates.
Honeywell, a multinational technology conglomerate, announced a new ethanol-to-jet fuel (ETJ) processing technology that converts cellulosic or sugar-based ethanol into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The new solution is an attempt to meet the rising demand for 2030 sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) mandates.
Depending on the type of ethanol feedstock used, the jet fuel produced by Honeywell’s ethanol-to-jet fuel process can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% over its entire lifecycle.
“Honeywell pioneered SAF production with its ecofining technology, and our new ethanol-to-jet fuel process builds on that original innovation to support the global aviation sector’s efforts to reduce GHG emissions,” says Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions vice president Barry Glickman. With an abundant feedstock like ethanol, the solution would also meet SAF production targets. Honeywell’s ethanol-to-jet process is now ready to open the door to lower carbon-intensity SAF.”
As demand for SAF grows, the aviation industry continues to face supply constraints from traditional SAF feedstocks such as animal fats, vegetable oils, and waste oils. According to the press release, Honeywell’s technology would maximise production efficiency by utilising high-performance catalysts and heat management capabilities, resulting in a cost-effective and lower carbon intensity aviation fuel.
Honeywell, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, primarily operates in four business segments: aerospace, performance materials and technologies, building technologies, safety and productivity solutions. Approximately 60% of the company’s new product introduction research investment is directed toward improving customer social and environmental outcomes.