The tech and manufacturing conglomerate Honeywell International revealed that it is working with Airbus, JetBlue and International Aero Engines to develop new biofuel options for commercial jets. The partnership piggybacks on research the Honeywell subsidiary UOP (an oil and gas technologies company) has already done to create military jet fuel from “natural oils and greases.” Honeywell Aerospace will also join in the fun. The enterprise promises to focus on sustainable fuel sources, such as algae, that won’t take up valuable resources needed for global food supplies. Read more here.
The competition between different biofuels for development dollars and public will is fierce. TreeHugger passed on this super-helpful chart published by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer comparing biofuel technologies. It appears Honeywell and company are on the right track: Algae has negative greenhouse gas emissions, has low fertilizer and pesticide needs, and would require only a small percentage of crop land to be converted to supply half of the U.S.’s fuel needs.