Farmers grow Carinata seeds with same equipment as wheat and canola
Honeywell announced that Qantas Airlines operated a 13,000-km flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne, Australia using Honeywell Green Jet Fuel™, according to a press release.
The flight was the first between the U.S. and Australia to use this fuel, which was manufactured from Carinata seeds engineered by Agrisoma Biosciences.
“Depending on the feedstock, this fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 65 to 85 per cent versus petroleum jet fuel,” said Cepla.
Qantas established a partnership with Agrisoma to promote Carinata as a crop for Australian farmers, specifically as a renewable feedstock for making commercial aviation biofuel. The first such commercial seed crop is expected to harvest in 2020.
“Farmers can grow Carinata with the same equipment as wheat and canola, and it can be grown in the off-season to replenish field nutrients. And while they produce a high oil content, the meal left over from the oil extraction is an excellent high-protein feed for livestock,” said Steve Fabijanski President and CEO of Agrisoma.
AltAir, which converted the Carinata oil into jet fuel, operates the world’s first commercial-scale renewable jet fuel plant at the AltAir Paramount refinery in Paramount, Calif.
The plant produces 35 million gallons per year of renewable fuels, including Honeywell Green Jet Fuel, using Honeywell’s UOP Renewable Jet Fuel process, which produces fuels that are chemically identical to petroleum-based fuels.