Total To Use Honeywell UOP Technology To Produce Renewable Jet Fuel And Diesel At Its Zero-Crude Platform In France

first_img Honeywell UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, and catalysts for the project. (Credit: SatyaPrem from Pixabay) Honeywell announced Total will use Honeywell UOP Ecofinin process technology to produce renewable fuels, primarily for the aviation industry, at its Grandpuits platform at Seine-et-Marne in north central France.Honeywell UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, and catalysts for the project. Once completed, the bio-refinery will process 400,000 tons of feed per year, producing up to 170,000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel, 120,000 tons of renewable diesel and 50,000 tons of renewable naphtha for production of bioplastics.“Total chose UOP’s Ecofining process to increase its renewable jet fuels production in France,” said Ben Owens, VP and general manager of Honeywell’s Sustainable Technology Solutions business. “UOP’s Ecofining process will help Total to convert its Grandpuits refinery into a zero-crude platform that supports government plans to develop fossil fuel substitutes and achieve carbon neutrality.”According to the Ministry for Ecological Transition, the deployment of sustainable aviation fuels is one of the top priorities of the French government and part of its broader national commitment to tackle climate change. Earlier this year, France announced plans to replace 2% of its fossil-based jet fuel with sustainable aviation fuels by 2025, rising to 5% by 2030 and to 50% by 2050.Honeywell pioneered the sustainable aviation fuel market with its UOP Ecofining process. Honeywell Green Jet Fuel produced by this process is blended seamlessly with petroleum-based jet fuel at commercial scale. When used in up to a 50% blend with petroleum-based jet fuel, Honeywell Green Jet Fuel requires no changes to aircraft technology and meets all critical specifications for flight. Source: Company Press Release Honeywell UOP Ecofining process to help deliver sustainable jet fuel and renewable diesel in support of France’s sustainability goalslast_img read more


first_imgIS IT TRUE the Evansville City Council wisely postured against the State of Indiana’s consideration to increase the local income tax from the current 1% to 1.25%?…such a move would cost the average Vanderburgh County family over $100 but could tap some families for up to $1,000 per year?…after the recent attempts to partially take away the Homestead Tax Credit after sneakily trying to remove the entire Homestead Tax Credit in 2009, this City Council must be feeling the fire on the backsides for being a bunch of tax and spend types?…the fact that all of the border counties have much lower tax,rates than Vanderburgh County already has will drive even more people out of the City and County?…we wonder what the heck we get for these high taxes as our sewers are still in need of $1Billion of improvements, out roads look like a wrecking ball was bounced through town, and the sidewalks are terrible?…when a good plan is in place, then and only then will it be appropriate to start discussing a tax increase?IS IT TRUE Evansville will pass a milestone on Wednesday when Über starts to recruit drivers to provide transportation services to the city residents?…this is sort of a right of passage that is coming along 5 years behind leading edge communities just like it was when the first Starbucks and Krispy Kreme Donuts came to town after blanketing the rest, of the country with their stores?…this is a small step as there are plenty of private cabs in town, but to get Uber does imply that Evansville is on the nations service industry radar?…it will also let some local people who qualify earn some extra income?IS IT TRUE if the powers that be would had listened to former County Commissioner Dave Mosby and Vanderburgh County Sheriff Brad Ellsworth concerning building a larger jail this issue would not being be discussed today? …they were correct that the new jail should had been built on the future needs and not the present needs?IS IT TRUE we are extremely disappointed that Vanderburgh County Commissioners Bruce Ungethiem and Cheryl Musgrave are using an Indianapolis based public relations/consultant firm to speak on their behalf concerning the funding and renovation of the Vanderburgh County jail? …we find this move not to be in the best interest of open government?  …we wonder who is paying for the services of Indianapolis based public relations/consultant firm? …we also wonder how much this service is costing?IS IT TRUE we are also puzzled why the newly elected County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave has decided to stay mum about the jail issue?  …during the election Ms. Musgrave never shy away from the media in order to take advantage of a photo opt or the opportunity to give her opinions about any governmental issue that came before her?IS IT TRUE Deputy Mayor Steve Schaefer acknowledged that Mayor Winnecke is aware of the bill to help fund the new addition on the Vanderburgh County jail? …Its common knowledge that that any State Representative would never submit a bill on behalf of the city without the knowledge or permission of the Mayor? …don’t tell us that the Mayor is involved in another back room political deal?IS IT TRUE President Donald Trump started his term off with a flurry of activity by withdrawing the United States from the TPP trade agreement, declaring that NAFTA will be renegotiated, and by signing an executive order to encourage the regulatory agencies to roll back as much of the Affordable Care Act as possible to save people money?…it is about to get really interesting as President Trump goes about trying to do the things he said he would with respect to the economy?FOOTNOTE: Todays “Readers Poll’ question is:  Do you feel that Mayor Winnecke quietly gave his permission to increase the local income tax from the current 1% to 1.25% to help fund the jail renovation?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Give or get from food pantries in West New York, Union…

first_imgDear EditorThank you for your support of the food pantry in Hillside, N.J. by taking the $1, $3, and $5 ticket at your neighborhood supermarket and adding the amount to your order. The hillside pantry facility supplies member food pantries (which help needy people who are hungry) with much needed fruit, vegetables, dairy and bread at no charge. The facility also has boxed and canned good items at a nominal fee. Additionally, local church pantries in Union City and West New York stock their pantries through generous donations from the congregation because they aren’t members of the Hillside facility. As a cashier in a local supermarket and as a volunteer at a food pantry, I personally see the generosity of the public and I want to thank you for your gifts of giving. Regards,Pam MooreUnion Citylast_img read more

Boardwalk Reconstruction Phase 2 Complete in Ocean City

first_imgMore than a few folks traveling the newly constructed section of boardwalk between Sixth and Seventh streets have asked if there are any further plans for a wide section of decking just north of Gillian’s Wonderland Pier.Matt von der Hayden, manager of capital planning, said last week that the answer is no. This phase of the reconstruction project is complete.The new design fills the space between what used to be two separate ramps leading up to the boardwalk at Sixth Street.Original plans for the project included realigning an existing rest room facility to face the boardwalk. But that portion of the reconstruction project was abandoned before work started.The work eliminated the north ramp but preserved a handicapped access ramp leading to the parking lot between Fifth and Sixth streets.Read more: Ocean City Boardwalk Is Back: Full Length Reopens After Constructionlast_img read more

Independent report: GP Partnership Review: interim report

first_imgThe report identifies areas where the review will look for solutions to reinvigorate the partnership model and support the transformation of general practice.It invites GPs and others with an interest to continue to get involved with the review by sharing their experiences and ideas.last_img

Bonnaroo Brilliantly Continues With Day Two Performances From LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, And More

first_imgThe early portion of Friday’s schedule was jam-packed with emerging talent. So many up-and-coming artists were given the opportunity to strut their stuff to open the first full day of the festival, and they all introduced themselves to the rabid Bonnaroo crowds with high energy performances.First up, Nashville local Rayland Baxter brought his chill vibes to the This Tent. Baxtee talked of attending the festival countless times while growing up, and he certainly seemed to know how to push the right buttons. Baxter brought his Paul Simon-esque vocals, tight band with great musicianship, and electrifying guitar solos for what amounted to an impressive debut performance at Bonnaroo.Next up, Athens, Georgia outfit Mothers played the Who Stage, delivering a crisp set that showcased their experimental indie-rock sound.Allen Stone was the the perfect act to open the huge What Stage. His 70’s funk/r&b/pop/soul vibe came with a super tight band and a noticeably happy front man in Stone, who spent most of the performance grinning widely.Rising saxophone master Kamasi Washington performed an incredible set of jazz fusion with hip hop elements, including a DJ who was scratching along with the band. Focusing on funky R&B-tinged improvisation, Washington and his band were met with a huge reception from the packed This Tent crowd. In a cool family moment, Kamasi brought out his father, jazz musican Rickey Washington, to jam with the band.After a surprise performance on the small Kaliope stage Thursday Night, GRiZ brought his brand of funky electronic music to one of the main stages. He was met with a humongous crowd that was excited to keep the party going from the night before, and the energy was palpable, even as fans were dealing with the heavy sun exposure provided by the Which Stage.Flosstradamus then threw it down on the That Tent, with a high-octane electronic duo perfectly setting the stage for a night filled with high profile, dance-based acts.The reunited LCD Soundsystem were Friday’s headliner. New to being top level headliners, the Brooklyn dance/punk band certainly felt worthy of their lofty spot on the bill, as they whipped the crowd into a complete frenzy for a 100 minute performance filled with extended, almost-jammed-out versions of songs from across their diverse catalog.The band opened with a powerful quartet of LCD classics in “Us V. Them”, “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House”, “I Can Change”, and “Get Innocuous”, followed by a run through deep cuts like “You Wanted a Hit,” “Tribulations,” and “Yeah (crass version)”. Frontman James Murphy addressed the crowd several times, mentioning his fond memories of their 2010 late night performance, and how happy the band was to be at Bonnaroo.LCD began the final potion of their set with back-to-back introspective masterpieces in the funky “Losing My Edge” and the emotional “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down.” Finally, the familiar drum intro to “Dance Yrself Clean” started up, and the crowd went absolutely wild when the beat dropped, with an ocean of glowsticks rising into the Tennessee sky, followed by fireworks synced up with the end of the song. The band performed an epic “All My Friends” finale that had the die-hards screaming along with every lyric.Tame Impala performed a much anticipated Late Night performance, which unfortunately fell a little flat. The vibe of the open field Which Tent didn’t seem to properly capture the energy of the Australian band’s performance. Combined that with the band only performing 90 minutes when they were advertised for 120, and the set left a lot of fans scratching their heads. The playing, however, was excellent, as the band featured a mix of songs from throughout their career and executed them flawlessly.After a huge day on Friday, all eyes turn to Saturday’s headlining performance from Pearl Jam, an exciting performance by the Claypool Lennon Delirium, and the highly anticipated tribute to Tennessee at tonight’s Superjam featuring Kamasi Washington, Vulfpeck, Eric Krasno and The Shady Horns, and more.Enjoy these photos, courtesy of Rex Thomson: Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Valerie Harper Explains Collapse & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Valerie Harper Explains CollapseValerie Harper, who collapsed backstage on July 29, has some good news for us all. “I am happy to report I am not, nor have I been, in a coma,” the actress clarified on her Facebook page. “As anyone who has taken strong medication knows, it doesn’t always agree with you, even with me as this experience proves.” However Harper, with typical strength and style, did find a highlight in the experience, when she: “was escorted by two handsome young men and a pilot, in a medivac helicopter, as the full moon lit the sky.” We at wish Harper a speedy and safe recovery.Amazon Ties Up Michael Fassbender’s MacbethSomething wicked this way comes! The previously reported big screen adaptation of Macbeth, starring Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as the bloodthirsty couple, will be streamed on Amazon. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it will be made available exclusively to Prime Instant Video subscribers in February or March next year. The Justin Kurzel-helmed project is set to be released in December—check out the trailer here.PBS Taps Gloria Estefan, Chita Rivera & MoreGloria Estefan, whose Broadway musical On Your Feet! will begin previews on October 5, has been enlisted to host the PBS Arts Fall Festival. Eight new programs will be broadcast including the Vanessa Williams-led Show Boat Live from Lincoln Center on October 16, Billy Elliot the Musical on October 23, Chita Rivera: A Lot of Livin’ to Do on November 6, the Tony Shalhoub/Santino Fontana-led Act One Live from Lincoln Center on November 13 and First You Dream—The Music of Kander & Ebb on November 20. The AP reports that Rivera, at a recent promotional event for her special, had some advice for young performers who are unable to dance and sing at the same time: Learn how. We love her!Will Swenson & Audra McDoanld Sing Laverne & ShirleyBroadway power couple Will Swenson and Audra McDonald, about to start performances in WTF’s A Moon for the Misbegotten, recently sang the theme song from the hit ’70s show Laverne & Shirley. Why, you ask? It was all in aid of raising funds for Covenant House. Check out the fun video of the Eggfartopia couple below!last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Ana Villafane & Sutton Foster to Celebrate July 4 & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Ana Villafañe & Sutton Foster to Celebrate July 4The rhythm is going to get Washington, D.C.! Ana Villafañe and the cast of the Gloria and Emilio Estefan bio-musical On Your Feet! will perform as part of the national Independence Day celebration, A Capitol Fourth, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Other big names tapped for the event, which honors America’s 240th birthday, include two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster and the West End-bound Amber Riley. The show is scheduled to air on PBS on July 4 at 8PM ET.Diary of a Wimpy Kid Circling Broadway?We’re keeping an eye on this one. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical, adapted from Jeff Kinney’s best-selling children’s books and the Fox 2000 films, could be aiming for Broadway. Directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell, with music and lyrics by Michael Mahler and Alan Schmuckler, the production has been running at the Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. MPR reports that the tuner’s producers, which include Kevin McCollum (Something Rotten!) are investigating the show’s next incarnation.From Here to Eternity Set for U.S. PremiereAfter landing in London’s West End in 2013, a reworked version of Tim Rice’s new tuner From Here to Eternity will make its North American premiere at the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival. The Aladdin, Evita and Superstar’s scribe’s work is based on the 1951 novel and 1953 Oscar-winning film of the same name, and has music by Stuart Brayson. Helmed and choreographed by Brett Smock, the show is scheduled to premiere on June 29 and will run through July 20 at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse in Auburn, New York.Zachary Levi Will Emcee the Jimmys2016 Tony nominee Zachary Levi (She Loves Me) will host the Jimmy (aka National High School Musical Theater) Awards on June 27. 62 high school students from across America will compete for the Jimmy Award for Best Performance by an Actor and Actress at the eighth annual presentation, with the talent showcase featuring both ensemble and solo performances. The ceremony is set to take place on June 27 at the Minskoff Theatre, and we’re already looking forward to catching a glimpse of the stars of tomorrow!P.S. James Corden has decided to get Barbra Streisand to sing karaoke at the Tony Awards. See below. View Comments Ana Villafañe in ‘On Your Feet!'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) Star Files Ana Villafañelast_img read more

Arbor Day

first_imgIt’s Arbor Day again, and that means it’s time for Georgians interested in adding trees to their landscape to get those trees in the ground.Georgia’s springs often seem to sneak up on the state. With intense warm and dry periods possible in March, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension horticulturists urge Georgians to go ahead and plant their new trees, especially if they live in the southern half of the state.“We have seen spring temperatures warm up quickly in some years,” said Sheri Dorn, coordinator of UGA’s Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program and UGA Extension consumer ornamental specialist. “That really doesn’t give spring-planted trees much time to establish and take root in the soil before being stressed by weather that can be hot and dry. So we want to plant early if we’re planting in the spring.”Dorn actually prefers to plant trees and shrubs in the fall, when soil temperatures are still warm, but daytime temperatures are cooling. These conditions give fall-planted trees and shrubs more time to establish a root system that can help them weather the challenges of spring and summer.However, she said, it’s not too late. Trees and shrubs can be planted at almost any time of year as long as the gardener keeps the plants watered. She has a few tips to help Georgia gardeners make the most of their Arbor Day tree-planting plans.Pick the right tree.Many trees will grow in Georgia, but there is a select group that will really thrive here despite the hot summers, dry spells and quirky weather shifts.Dorn advises homeowners to do some research before sinking money into a new tree. UGA Extension offers a guide to landscape trees that have been proven to flourish in Georgia. An electronic copy of “Landscape Plants for Georgia” is available for free at or through“There are so many wonderful, underutilized, small trees that homeowners can choose for their yard if they want the height and the vertical appeal of a tree, but they don’t have space for a large tree,” Dorn said. “Doing a little research and finding out more about the right tree for your landscape will help the tree thrive.”Popular trees like dogwoods, Japanese maples and redbuds do better with some shade. Homeowners usually plant them directly in the middle of their yards, in full, direct sun. Planting a shade-favoring tree in full sun can stress the tree and can lead to insect or disease issues, Dorn said.Dig a hole. The most common mistake that people make when planting a new tree is planting it too deep, Dorn said. While digging a hole for a new tree seems simple, it actually takes thought.The basic rule of thumb is that the hole should be twice as wide as the tree base, and deep enough so that the top of the rootball is at or just above the surface of the surrounding soil. Firm the soil around the roots without compacting it.The tree will settle after you plant it, and you don’t want the top of the rootball to sink below the ground after watering it, Dorn said. Check the level of the rootball after watering the tree for the first time to make sure that it hasn’t settled below the soil surface.Spread pine straw or other mulch around the base of the tree and over the planting area, taking care not to pile it against the tree trunk. Mulch will keep roots cool and reduce the chance of damage to the trunk by lawn mowers or string trimmers.Prior to planting, check the site for drainage. Once you’ve dug the hole, Dorn suggests filling it with water. If it holds water for more than 24 hours, find another place to plant the tree, or find a tree that doesn’t mind “wet feet.” Putting a tree that likes well-drained soil in a soggy spot is just asking for heartbreak.Water, water, waterOne of the major reasons that new trees fail is a lack of water. Most people know that newly planted trees need a lot of water to help establish a healthy root system, but many stop paying special attention to the tree after the first few months. New trees take about three years to become fully established, and they’re very vulnerable in the first year after they’re transplanted.Landscape plants need about an inch of water a week. If you’re not getting an inch of rain a week, it’s time to pull out the garden hose.Trees need to be watered deeply to help promote healthy root systems. Trees grown and bought in containers may need water several times per week, while trees with soil rootballs may need water only once a week. For homeowners without irrigation systems, Dorn recommends setting the water so that only a trickle is coming out of the end of the hose, then parking the hose right on top of the new tree’s rootball. Leave the dripping hose in that spot for about 30 minutes once or twice a week so that the water soaks into the soil.For more information about how to plant specific tree types, read the UGA Extension publication “Tree Planting Details” at or read more

Vermont Butter & Cheese wins second place overall at the American Cheese Society

first_imgVermont Butter & Cheese Creamery announced today that their Bonne Bouche won second place overall at the American Cheese Society’s annual cheese competition in Seattle WA. The reserve champion award was among six ribbons that the company received for their creamery’s crème fraiche, cultured butter, quark, feta, and Coupole. With record breaking entries, Bonne Bouche was judged among 1,462 cheeses made in North America.‘This is the most exciting award of our 26 years of making cheese and entering contests,’ said company co-founder, Bob Reese. ‘Not only did we win for the aged goat cheese category, but we also won among the 92 first place winners across all 350 categories.’ The American Cheese Society’s annual competition is considered one of the world’s most influential and prestigious competitions in artisanal and specialty cheesemaking.French for ‘a good mouthful’, Bonne Bouche is a 4 oz ash-ripened goat cheese. The cheese is ladled by hand and drained overnight. Fresh out of the cheese forms, Bonne Bouche is sprinkled with salt and poplar ash, dried, and cured in a cool and humid ‘aging room’ for up to two weeks where it develops its distinctive wrinkled rind. ‘It has taken a decade to perfect this cheese.’ said co-founding cheesemaker, Allison Hooper. ‘The milk changes seasonally and we are adjusting the recipe to accommodate those changes. Assurance that the cheese will be predictably delicious at six to eight weeks old when the consumer buys it takes a commitment to quality.’Bonne Bouche is one of a signature line of four surface-ripened cheeses. Choosing to establish this French-style cheese made in America for the American market, Hooper said, ‘For this small goat cheese to make its way to the winner circle and be judged against the formidable mountain-style cheeses tells us that the judges recognize a good cheese of this type when they see it. While it may be well known in France it has taken some time for our customers to embrace the distinctive wrinkled rind, a visual clue that the cheese will have a mild and sweet milk flavor.’ Like the early years of pioneering fresh goat cheese, the creamery is committed to breaking new ground with aged goat cheeses, like Bonne Bouche, by sampling chefs, retailers, and consumers one at a time.In their twenty-seventh year of business, Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery is a leading American creamery crafting innovative, all-natural fresh and aged goat cheeses, crème fraiche, mascarpone, and European-style cultured butter. The creamery supports a network of more than 20 goat dairy farms, providing milk that meets the highest standards of purity, and is a proud contributor to the health of local agriculture.  Source: Websterville, VT—Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery. 9.8.2010last_img read more