MORRIS PLAINS, N.J., Aug. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that two of its research teams were recognized with Heroes of Chemistry Awards for the development of environmentally preferable technologies.
The awards from the American Chemical Society, the largest scientific society in the world, were for development of a new low-global-warming-potential refrigerant for mobile air conditioning, as well as a novel process to produce jet fuel from renewable sources.
"Honeywell's chemists and material scientists continue to invent breakthrough technologies that solve the world's environmental challenges," said Gavin Towler, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. "These awards are a recognition of our world class, cutting-edge science and leadership in advanced chemistry, and our commitment to providing our customers with innovative solutions to society's greatest challenges."
The two technologies that were honored were developed by teams from Honeywell Fluorine Products and Honeywell UOP respectively. Both technologies have reached significant milestones:
- The refrigerant—HFO-1234yf—that was developed by Honeywell Fluorine Products is being used in 120 car models in 11 countries around the world. That equals more than 9 million vehicles, and the number is expected to surpass 18 million by the end of 2016 as more carmakers adopt it to comply with environmental regulations. HFO-1234yf has a global warming potential that is lower than carbon dioxide and 99.9 percent lower than the current, most widely used refrigerant, which is being phased out by regulations. Worldwide adoption of HFO-1234yf would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing more than 30 million cars from the roads.
- Honeywell UOP, which developed the process to produce Honeywell Green Jet Fuel, earned a record number of 671 patents for new inventions in 2015. Almost all of the new patents relate to inventions that more efficiently convert hydrocarbons into transportation fuels. This particular jet fuel process is currently being used by AltAir Paramount LLC to produce fuel that United Airlines is using in regular commercial service. The fuel is manufactured from renewable sources such as inedible animal oils and fats that do not deplete or interfere with valuable food, land or water resources. On a lifecycle basis, the fuel produces 50 to 80 percent less greenhouse gas.
Honeywell invents and manufactures a range of technologies aimed at making the world more sustainable, secure, clean, connected, productive and energy efficient. Honeywell's legacy in energy efficiency began more than 125 years ago with the invention of the modern thermostat, and Honeywell continues to lead in this area with best-in-class solutions for homes, buildings, factories and transportation. Nearly 50 percent of Honeywell's portfolio is dedicated to energy efficient products and services, ranging from programmable thermostats and energy management systems, to turbochargers and green fuels, to industrial controls and lighter aircraft components.
Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies (PMT) is a global leader in developing advanced materials, process technologies and automation solutions. PMT's Advanced Materials businesses manufacture a wide variety of high-performance products, including environmentally friendlier refrigerants and materials used to manufacture end products such as bullet-resistant armor, nylon, computer chips and pharmaceutical packaging. Process technologies developed by PMT's UOP business (www.uop.com) form the foundation for most of the world's refiners, efficiently producing gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, petrochemicals and renewable fuels. PMT's Process Solutions business (www.honeywellprocess.com) is a pioneer in automation control, instrumentation and services for the oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, industrial power generation, chemicals and petrochemicals, biofuels, life sciences, and metals, minerals and mining industries.
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