DOE Announces $18M to Advance Drop-In Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $18 million in investments for four pilot-scale biorefineries that will test renewable biofuels that will meet military specifications for jet fuel, shipboard diesel, cars and trucks. These projects build on the Obama Administration’s broader efforts to advance biofuels technologies to continue to bring down costs, improve performance and identify effective, non-food feedstocks …

advance biofuels, algae, aviation biofuels, biomass, military

Camp Pendleton Increases Its Solar Power

Joanna Schroeder

Camp Pendleton has increased its commitment to renewable energy with the addition of two more solar power systems at Edson Range and Chappo Dining facilities. The 221 kilowatt and 125 kilowatt systems, respectively, installed by local firm Sullivan Solar Power should save the military base hundreds of thousands of dollars’ in electricity costs over the life time of the system. …

Electricity, Energy, military, Solar

Senate Spending Bill Keeps Military Biofuels

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Senate yesterday passed a continuing budget resolution that would keep the federal government operating through the end of the fiscal year on September 30th and keep funding for advanced biofuels testing in the military. By a vote of 40-59, the Senate rejected an amendment from Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-PA) that would have transferred $60 million in funding for …

advance biofuels, biofuels, biojet fuel, Ethanol, Ethanol News, Government, military

Congress Stands Behind Military

Joanna Schroeder

The House and Senate Armed Services Committees finalized the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) yesterday and today Congress stood behind the military by passing the Act without including controversial proposals that would have banned the Department of Defense from expanding its use of advanced biofuels. In response to the passage, Jim Greenwood, CEO and president of the Biotechnology …

advance biofuels, aviation biofuels, military, Renewable Energy

Senate Approves Military Biofuels Use

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Senate has repealed a provision in the defense department budget that would have prevented the military from developing the use of biofuel alternatives. A coalition of organizations representing military biofuels supporters welcomed the news that will allow the Department of Defense “to continue research and testing of fuels that provide U.S. forces with enhanced military capability.” The Senate …

advance biofuels, aviation biofuels, military