Honeywell will partner with Airbus, JetBlue and International Aero Engines to study sustainable biofuel use for commercial aircraft.
The effort will focus on developing and testing renewable-energy technology to convert biofeedstock to commercial aviation fuels, with specific focus on feedstock that does not compete with food or water resources, such as algae.
UOP, a Honeywell company, has already developed process technology to convert natural oils and greases to military jet fuel as part of a project funded by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Honeywell said the technology will be viable for use in the production of fuel for commercial jets.
Another Honeywell company, Honeywell Aerospace, brings expertise in engine technology for commercial aircraft. Honeywell said it has supplied fuel-efficient auxiliary power units for Airbus aircraft.