Honeywell Green Diesel™

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Advanced Renewable Fuel Alternative to Traditional Diesel

Produced from the Ecofining™ process, Honeywell Green Diesel meets or exceeds the most rigorous diesel performance standards, and can be made from a variety of sustainable feedstocks.

This super fuel reduces greenhouse gas emissions and offers improved performance over biodiesel and petroleum diesel, with many other key advantages:

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  • Pure drop-in fuel that can be blended in any proportion with petroleum fuel; suitable as a blending component for EN590 or ASTM 975 diesel
  • The high cetane and low density of Honeywell Green Diesel can enhance your diesel pool’s performance characteristics
  • Requires no changes to fuel infrastructure or vehicle technology
  • Up to 85% lower greenhouse gas emissions compared with diesel from petroleum fuel, based on UOP’s lifecycle analysis; ultra-low sulfur, low NOx emissions
  • Excellent performance at both cold and warm temperatures
  • Stable, not oxygenated

Produce renewable diesel or jet fuel based on market demand and price

The Ecofining process is a versatile solution for producing green diesel or green jet fuel from a range of sustainable feedstocks. This allows you to meet regulatory compliance obligations for renewable energy content in the transportation fuels sector, and to produce high-quality fuel that can enhance the quality of petroleum fuels.

Key advantages of the Ecofining process:

  • Feedstock flexible: Process a wide range of oils and fat, without limiting sourcing capability to one type of feed Learn more about feedstocks
  • Reduce costs and risks of compliance: Make renewable fuels instead of buying them
  • High yields: Minimize feedstock consumption
  • Attractive economics – impressive payback: High IRR with moderate capital cost
  • Standalone: Build a new facility
  • Integrated plant: leverage existing infrastructure to reduce capital and operating costs Learn more
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Honeywell Green Diesel™ and Biodiesel – Significant Differences

Green Diesel made from our innovative Ecofining™ process is chemically identical to diesel made from petroleum, with one significant difference – up to 85% lower greenhouse gas emissions vs. diesel from petroleum, based on UOP’s lifecycle analysis. Unlike biodiesel, also known as fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), renewable fuel made from our technologies can be used in your current diesel engine and there’s no need to blend it with other fuels.

Limitations of FAME:

Corrosion concerns: FAME cannot readily use the existing pipeline distribution network due to corrosion, contamination and metallurgy concerns. As a result, fuel has to move via rail or truck – routes that are more costly and less energy efficient than pipeline distribution.

High density: FAME density is higher than most diesel specifications allow. This means that for each FAME molecule added to the diesel pool, a lighter molecule needs to be removed. This shrinks the overall diesel pool.

Low blend limits: Due to stability and decomposition issues, many car manufacturers have concluded that FAME should be limited to 5-7 vol% of diesel. If this limit is exceeded, many engine manufacturers will void their warranties.

Honeywell Green Diesel is a superior solution:

Use existing infrastructure: Refiners can use existing infrastructure and equipment to produce and transport Honeywell Green Diesel, without significant modification, if any is required.

Lower density: Honeywell Green Diesel is lighter than the average density required of diesel, so when you add a molecule of green diesel, a heavier molecule of a diesel component can be added to compensate. For a refiner, this blending benefit could allow the addition of hydrotreated Light Cycle Oil to enter the pool.

High blend limits: Honeywell Green Diesel can be used at 100% with no blending required in fleet operations or locations without blending restrictions.

The chemistry – comparison of petroleum diesel, biodiesel and Honeywell Green Diesel

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Commercial production of renewable fuel is a reality

Largest producer of renewable diesel in the U.S. – Diamond Green Diesel

Diamond Green Diesel started production in 2013 using Ecofining™ technology to produce Honeywell Green Diesel™. With nearly two years of successful commercial operation, Diamond Green Diesel proved the Ecofining process meets all expectations, and the process has produced strong financial returns for JV partners, Valero and Darling.

Diamond Green Diesel Facts:

  • Output: Approximately 10,000 bpsd (500,000 tpa)
  • Feedstocks: A mix of non-edible vegetable oils and animal fats
  • Location: Louisiana; located next to a petroleum refinery to leverage existing assets and minimize capital cost
  • Joint Venture Partners:
    • Darling: A world leader in production of specialty ingredients from animal origin for applications in the food, feed and fuel industries
    • Valero: The largest independent petroleum refiner and marketer in North America with extensive refinery operations, retail and fuel distribution

Eni S.p.A., Italy’s largest refiner, starts up first Ecofining process unit outside North America to produce commercial-scale renewable diesel

Italy’s largest energy company, Eni S.p.A., is using its Ecofining™ process technology to produce renewable diesel at its Venice refinery, making it the first commercial-scale application of the technology outside North America. Eni retrofitted existing equipment at its facility, which had been used to produce diesel from petroleum, so that it can produce renewable diesel from biofeedstocks. The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase, which is now operating, has a processing capacity of 400,000 metric tons annually (MTA). The second phase, expected in 2016, will have a processing capacity of 560,000 MTA.

AltAir Fuels to operate the first full-scale plant dedicated to producing renewable diesel and jet fuel for commercial and military use

Starting in 2015, AltAir Fuels will produce low-carbon, renewable jet fuel and other renewable products using UOP’s Renewable Jet Fuel Process, with the flexibility to adjust the product mix between diesel and jet fuel to meet market demands. United Airlines will purchase 15 million gallons of this fuel over a three-year period, with the option to purchase more. The AltAir facility, a retrofit of an existing petroleum refinery in Paramount, California, will be the first refinery in the world designed to continuously produce both renewable jet and diesel fuels.