UOP gets USD 1.1m order from FAA to produce jet biofuel
Dec 2, 2011 - UOP LLC, a unit of US technology group Honeywell International Inc (NYSE:HON), yesterday said it had won a USD-1.1-million (EUR 817,000) order from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop technology for producing aviation biofuel from alcohol.
In particular, the company will develop and demonstrate technology that turns isobutanol, a type of alcohol that can be derived from various starch and sugar feedstocks such as corn, into a drop-in replacement jet biofuel.
The isobutanol for the project will be provided by US advanced biofuel specialist Gevo.
Under the contract, UOP will next year supply 100 gallons (378.5 litres) of fuel to the US government that is to be subjected to assessment to make sure it is compatible with airplane engines and meets flight specification.
UOP is one of eight companies that were awarded contracts worth a total USD 7.7 million by the FAA yesterday as part of an effort to promote alternative sources for aviation fuel.