By Andrew Nusca
Posting in Energy
Honeywell UOP's "Green Jet Fuel" successfully powered a Boeing AH-64D Apache helicopter flown by the Royal Netherlands Air Force.
The Des Plaines, Ill.-based company says it's the first helicopter flight using sustainable aviation biofuels ever. The test was conducted at Gilze-Rijen Airbase.
The news comes on the heels of Honeywell UOP's successful test of a biofuels-powered F/A-18 Super Hornet owned by the U.S. Navy on April 22 of this year.
The "green jet fuel" is derived from the natural oils of algae and used cooking oil. It was blended in a 50 percent mixture with traditional jet fuel, powering one of the Apache's engines for a series of maneuvers.
No modifications were made to the engine or airframe for the flight.
The technology used to process the biofuel was originally developed in 2007 under a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA for short, with the goal of producing renewable military jet fuel for the U.S. military.
Jun 16, 2010
I wonder how this stuff differs from regular biodiesel? There are folks out there who have run their unmodified diesel cars & trucks tens or even hundreds of thousands of miles on home made biodiesel. Likewise, they have run diesels with minimal modifications on filtered used fryer grease: They still start the engine on mineral diesel, but once the engine is warmed up switch to straight fryer grease. They 'll have to run the last few minutes before they shut down on mineral diesel too, 'cause the grease would solidify in the injectors & pump and make the engine un-startable.
I don't have a comment but do have a question: Was this synthetic jet fuel similar to BioDiesel in any way? That is, were the fatty acids transesterified with methanol (the familiar BioDiesel) or was some other process used?
A 50% mix with traditional jet fuel... hmm... not totally green to say the least. It be nice to see the first airliners, figther jets and helicopters fly on pure bio-fuel.