UOP Breaks Ground On Transportation Biofuels Facility

UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, has begun construction in Hawaii of a biofuels demonstration unit that will convert forest residuals, algae and other cellulosic biomass into transportation fuels.

Backed by a $25 million U.S. Department of Energy award, the Honeywell UOP Integrated Biorefinery will upgrade biomass into high-quality renewable gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. The facility will also be used to demonstrate the viability of the technology, test the fuels produced and evaluate the environmental footprint of the fuels and the process technology.

The project is scheduled to begin initial production in 2012 and be fully operational by 2014.

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