Greentech Lead America: UOP, a Honeywell company, has
signed an agreement to license technology to Emerald Biofuels, a transportation
fuel company, to produce Honeywell Green Diesel at a facility in Louisiana.
This license allows Emerald to use Honeywell’s UOP/Eni
Ecofining process technology to produce 85 million gallons per year of
Honeywell green diesel from non-edible, second-generation oils and animal fats.
Honeywell green diesel is a drop-in replacement for traditional diesel.
Chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel, Honeywell Green Diesel can be
used in any proportion in existing fuel tanks without infrastructure changes.
Emerald focuses on building renewable diesel refineries
that produce environmentally friendly transportation fuels at prices
competitive to petroleum-based fuels. International Alliance Group will provide
engineering, procurement and construction services for the project.
“We are very pleased to work with Emerald in its
efforts to advance the production of biofuels through this breakthrough project
in the U.S. We are proud to offer a technology solution that supports diesel
production, while lessening the environmental impact of fuel production through
the use of alternative feedstocks and the reduction of greenhouse gas
emissions,” said Jim Rekoske, vice president and general manager of
Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit.
UOP/Eni Ecofining process was jointly developed by
Honeywell’s UOP and Eni SpA. The process utilizes hydroprocessing technology to
convert non-edible natural oils and animal fats to Honeywell Green Diesel.
Honeywell Green Diesel offers improved performance over
biodiesel and petroleum-based diesel, including a high cetane value of 80
compared with a cetane range of 40 to 60 found in diesel. Cetane value is the
measure of the combustion quality of diesel.
Honeywell Green Diesel offers high energy density,
excellent performance at cold or warm temperatures. The fuel also features up
to an 80 percent lifecycle reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared with
diesel from petroleum.
helps Hawaiian Electric reduce dependence on fossil fuel
Honeywell recently signed for a pilot program with
Hawaiian Electric Co. in Honolulu to demonstrate how demand response
technology can help integrate more intermittent renewable energy to the
electric grid. The two-year pilot will feature a test of “fast
demand response” (Fast DR) technology, which gives the utility and
facilities the tools to reduce demand within 10 minutes of notification of a
pending imbalance between supply and demand.