Two significant events this summer should help boost commercial production of bio-based jet fuel: the approval of a new fuel standard and the recent completion of a successful first trans-Atlantic flight.
In July, international standards developer ASTM gave a final nod to a new jet standard for hydroprocessed renewable jet fuel. The standard backs the use of up to a 50% blend of petroleum-based jet and biomass-based jet from feedstocks such as camelina, jatropha or algae. Hydroprocessed biojet goes through virtually the same process petroleum refineries use, creating a drop-in form of fuel that Honeywell UOP used recently in a flight from New Jersey to France for the Paris Air Show.
When it touched down at Paris-Le Bourget Airport early June 18, the Gulfstream G450 business jet became the first aircraft to fly from North America to Europe on biofuel, according to Honeywell.
Rekoske, vice president and general manager of renewable energy for Honeywell UOP, took time out from his schedule to answer a few questions via email:
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