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Honeywell Revolutionizes Ethanol-to-Jet Fuel

Honeywell flies into the future with its revolutionary ethanol-to-jet fuel technology, bringing us closer to green in the blue.

The company’s new, innovative ethanol-to-jet fuel (ETJ) processing technology allows producers to convert corn-based, cellulosic, or sugar-based ethanol into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The propellant can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% on a total lifecycle basis, compared to petroleum-based jet fuel.

Ethanol offers producers a widely available, economically viable feedstock, and the company is motivated by meeting 2030 sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) mandates. Honeywell’s technology uses high-performance catalysts and heat management capabilities to maximize production efficiency for cost-effective, lower-carbon-intensity aviation fuel.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory concluded that ethanol-to-jet fuel conversion, combined with other technologies such as carbon capture and sequestration (CCUS), and smart farming practices, can result in negative GHG emissions compared to petroleum-based jet fuel. Petroleum refiners and transportation fuel providers also benefit as the technology maximizes the use of existing sites for SAF production to meet the growing market demand. Click here to learn more about Honeywell’s Ethanol to Jet Technology.

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