Bioenergy

UOP to Develop Biofuel Technology for U.S. Military Jets

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, plans to accelerate research and development on renewable energy technology to convert vegetable and algal oils to military jet fuels.

The goal of the project, which is backed by $6.7 million in funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is to develop and commercialize a process to produce Jet Propellant 8 (JP-8) used by U.S. and NATO militaries. This is UOP’s first project with DARPA.

“The focus of our renewable energy efforts has been to develop technologies that align with today’s standard refinery practices, but allow a broader range of feedstock options,” said Jennifer Holmgren, director of UOP’s Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit.

“We are confident that we have assembled a strong team of experts that will be successful in proving the viability of biofeedstock technologies for JP-8 and other jet fuels, while offering the U.S. military another option for sustainable liquid fuels critical to their programs,” she added.

UOP will work with Honeywell Aerospace, Cargill, Arizona State University, Sandia National Laboratories and Southwest Research Institute on the project, with completion expected by the end of 2008. UOP expects the technology will be viable for future use in the production of jet fuel for commercial jets.