Honeywell tests green diesel on USS Ford

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The frigate sailed from Everett, Washington, to San Diego, California, recently powered by a 50/50 blend of green diesel made from algae and petroleum-based diesel fuel. The algae, supplied by Solazyme, Inc., was converted to the drop-in replacement biofuel using process technology by Honeywell's UOP.

The US Navy began its biofuel testing and certification programme in April 2010 with the use of Honeywell Green Jet Fuel on the supersonic biofuel flight of the F/A-18 "Green Hornet." Since then it has successfully completed biofuel demonstration flights on a range of aircraft in its fleet, including the MH-60S Seahawk, the MV-22 Osprey, the T-45 Goshawk, AV-8B Harrier and the Fire Scout unmanned vehicle. Green fuels made from Honeywell UOP process technology have also been successfully tested on the Riverine Command Boat (RCB-X) and the USS Paul F. Foster destroyer. Fuel for testing was supplied as part of a joint programme for the US Defense Logistics Agency– Energy (DLA-E) for alternative fuels testing and certification.