Honeywell getting sweet with green

My inbox was flooded this week with green news from Honeywell, which manufactures high-performance specialty materials.

First stop, the company announced that its Genetron® R-245fa refrigerant in an equipment called the 35Z Micro Power Plant, manufactured by Germany-based Turbolina GmbH & Co. KG. The equipment, which is sold to homeowners uses water heated by thermal solar panels to evaporate the refrigerant, which in turn drives a turbine to generate electricity.

The unit does not produce any carbon dioxide emissions and the remaining heat from the 35Z can be used to supply heating and hot water. (Cool! – I wonder how much this cost though?). Honeywell said the refrigerant is non-flammable, non-ozone-depleting and has low toxicity.

In Europe, Honeywell said it has partnered with Toyota Motors in a project to further improve the environmental leadership of the car manufacturer’s operations across Europe. Toyota will implement Honeywell’s HC900 Hybrid Controller platform and Profit® Controller in up to three of its European assembly plants by the end of 2010, reducing energy requirements and boosting environmental performance at each site.

Another European announcement was the use of Honeywell’s Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS) by Valorly, a division of the French utility Suez Environnement, in its Rillieux-la-Pape production plant. The PKS system will be used to control Valorly’s incineration system, which transforms waste into both thermal and electrical energy.

With the installation of Experion, Honeywell noted that Valorly can turn waste into a valuable commodity and use it to produce electricity, heat and transportation fuels.

Finally, Honeywell’s automation system was also chosen by Flambeau River Biofuels (FRB) to supply and integrate all of FRB’s automation equipment for the largest second-generation “green diesel” plant they’re building in the US.

The plant – located in Park Falls, Wis., and expected to be operational by 2012 – will produce energy, transportation fuels and chemicals from renewable biomass resources. The plant will process 1,000 dry tons per day of woody biomass from bark, sawdust and residue typically burned after forest harvesting.

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