Honeywell has announced a deal to license it’s technology to Emerald Biofuels LLC to produce Honeywell Green Diesel at its facility in Louisiana. Emerald will use Honeywell’s UOP / Eni Ecofining process technology to produce an estimated 85 million gallons per year of green diesel using non-edible second-generation oils and animal fats. The green diesel is chemically identical to petroleum-based diesel, making the fuel a “drop-in fuel” meaning it can be used by diesel vehicles with no modifications to either the vehicles or the infrastructure system.
“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.,” said Jim Rekoske, vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit. “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.”
According to Honeywell its UOP Ecofining process, which uses hydroprocessing technology to convert the feedstock to fuel, offers improved performance over both biodiesel and petroleum-based diesel. The fuel has an octane value of 80 compared with a cetane range, the measure of the combustion quality of diesel, between 40-60 with current diesel on the market. Higher cetane values help diesel engines operate more effectively.