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Can Warplanes Fly Farther, Carry More Weapons, with Advanced Biofuels? More New Data.
April 14, 2014 – 12:28 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … A China Lake-based research team finds terpene fuels that add 13% to the performance, compared to fossil fuels.   We take a look at the new breed of renewable fuels — …

Changing Water into Wine: Er, Will Jet Fuel Do?
April 9, 2014 – 5:03 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Hydrocarbon fuel from seawater and nothing else? Is it possible?  Not only possible, but demonstrated as a process, and tested in a model plane.   How does it rate on the …

Italian Navy Looks for Alternative Fuels
April 3, 2014 – 6:03 pm | No Comment

(The Medi-Telegraph)  One of the main topics of the meeting between Italian Defence Secretary Domenico Rossi and US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus was the cooperation programme on alternative fuels between Italy and the United States. …

USDA Wants Ethanol Available Nationwide
March 18, 2014 – 2:26 pm | No Comment

by Jerry Hagstrom (AgWeek)   Higher grade levels of ethanol need to be available outside the Midwest and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help make that possible, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
Higher grade levels of ethanol …

Flotta Verde! The Italian Navy’s Green Fleet Underway: The Story, in Pictures
March 17, 2014 – 11:39 am | No Comment

by Commander Pasquale Tripodi (Italian Navy/Biofuels Digest)  Italy’s Navy joins the global green fleet movement with its first sea trials and certifications.   Including a dramatic at-sea rescue, powered by alternative fuel blends.   The complete story, in …

Benjamins for Biofuels in the 2015 Obama Budget: The Digest’s 7-Minute Guide
March 6, 2014 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Vitally interested in President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget and the 411 on grants, incentives, tax credits, loan guarantees and R&D support — but haven’t got the time to read all …

USDA and US Navy Explain the Ins and Outs of the Farm-to-Fleet Program at Industry Day: Presentations Available
February 19, 2014 – 12:14 pm | No Comment

by Joanne Ivancic (Advanced Biofuels USA)  At the US Department of Agriculture headquarters building in Washington, DC, on January 30, representatives of the USDA and Navy provided an overview of the newly announced Farm-to-Fleet program …

Power Surge: Energy Security and the Department of Defense
January 17, 2014 – 1:00 pm | No Comment

(The PEW Charitable Trusts)  How the Department of Defense Leverages Private Resources to Enhance Energy Security and Save Money on U.S. Military Bases
The U.S. Department of Defense defines installation energy security as the ability to …

US Secretaries of Defense, Agriculture and Energy Push for Cost-Competitive, Drop-In Advanced Military Biofuels Program
January 6, 2014 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Agriculture, and Secretary of Energy delivered four co-signed letters to the heads of key House and Senate committees and subcommittees, in support …

Powering the Navy’s Energy Future
December 20, 2013 – 6:48 pm | No Comment
Powering the Navy’s Energy Future

Long committed to strengthening its energy security and independence, the Department of the Navy has set robust goals for reducing demand and increasing alternative energy use.   Dennis McGinn, recently confirmed as the Assistant Secretary of …

“Farm-to-Fleet” Industry Day January 30, 2014 Washington, DC
December 12, 2013 – 2:27 pm | No Comment
“Farm-to-Fleet” Industry Day    January 30, 2014   Washington, DC

U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Navy’s joint “Farm-to-Fleet” venture will now make biofuel blends part of regular, operational fuel purchase and use by the military. This incorporates the acquisition of biofuel blends into regular …

Agriculture, Navy Secretaries Promote U.S. Military Energy Independence with ‘Farm-to-Fleet’
December 11, 2013 – 4:35 pm | One Comment

(US Department of Agriculture)  Program blends homegrown biofuels with conventional fuels, propelling ships, jets and jobs
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus today announced the U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and …

Come, and They Will Build It
December 5, 2013 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Anna Simet (Biomass Magazine)  Lockheed Martin’s army of engineers has expanded its expertise to bioenergy and biofuels.

Besides its own facility, some of Lockheed’s projects on file include a share of a $15 million contract …

As Pentagon Invests in Green Fuel, Critics Focus on the Cost
November 19, 2013 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Evan Halper   (Los Angeles Times)  On a recent Navy voyage, alternative fuel cost $26 a gallon, and millions are being invested in bioenergy firms. Some experts worry there won’t be sufficient benefits.
When the U.S. Navy sailed …

Military Mobile Power Summit January 13-14, 2014 Washington, DC
November 19, 2013 – 10:51 am | No Comment
Military Mobile Power Summit     January 13-14, 2014    Washington, DC

DSI’s Military Mobile Power Summit is a senior level, educational ”Town Hall” forum that will bring together selected technology, engineering, and requirements offices, along with thought leaders to key policy-makers across military and civilian offices in …

The Four Horsemen of the Financials: Gevo, Solazyme, Amyris Report for Q3
November 7, 2013 – 9:57 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In years gone by, it was not too hard to write up a summary of Gevo, Solazyme and Amyris — all aimed at fuels, all in the development stage, all …

Highlights from 2013 ABLC-Next; Hot Slides, Hot Perspectives, Parts I, II, III, IV and V
October 15, 2013 – 4:23 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) As ABLC-Next concludes, here is the first installment in a review of the hottest slides, stories, intrigue and perspective from the Big Conversation amongst the bioeconomy’s elite.
… (see these slides and …

Complete Genome Sequence of Clostridium sp. Strain DL-VIII, a Novel Solventogenic Clostridium Species Isolated from Anaerobic Sludge
October 2, 2013 – 8:01 pm | No Comment

Safiyh Taghavi, Javier A. Izquierdo, Daniel van der Lelie (American Society for Microbiology)  We report the genome sequence of Clostridium sp. strain DL-VIII, a novel Gram-positive, endospore-forming, solventogenic bacterium isolated from activated anaerobic sludge of a wastewater treatment …

Rep. Enyart Calls for Energy Independence, Growing Agriculture Economy With New Bill
September 19, 2013 – 5:12 pm | No Comment

(Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL))  Legislation Would Support Research & Development for Biofuels in U.S. Air Force
Surrounded by agriculture leaders at a farm near Scott Air Force Base, Congressman Bill Enyart (D-IL) today announced a major …

New Case Study Shows Rapid Growth of Biodiesel Industry in Calif.
August 28, 2013 – 2:48 pm | No Comment

(Environmental Defense Fund/Biodiesel Magazine)  A case study released today from Environmental Defense Fund and E2 examines the benefits of biodiesel, profiling six companies in California helping to revolutionize the industry. Growing production in the state shows California companies have started …

Trash Into Gas, Efficiently? An Army Test May Tell
August 27, 2013 – 12:22 pm | No Comment

by Paul Tullis (The New York Times)  …But big drawbacks have prevented the wholesale adoption of trash-to-gas technology in the United States: incineration is polluting, and the capital costs of new plants are enormous. Gasification …

Navy’s Use of Biofuels Could Trigger Private-Sector Adoption
August 19, 2013 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Amy Harder (National Journal)  The Navy’s use of advanced biofuels could help spur private-sector investment, said Dennis McGinn, President Obama’s newly confirmed assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations, and environment.
“The private-sector benefits …

Despite Fracking Boom, US Military Still Looks to Biofuel over Natural Gas
August 13, 2013 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Seth Robson (Stars and Stripes)  The drilling boom created by hydraulic fracking has led to an explosion of natural gas vehicles on U.S. highways, but the U.S. military has been slow to jump on …

Green Water: Can the U.S. Navy Win the Eco-Arms Race?
August 7, 2013 – 5:21 pm | No Comment

by Ray Mabus (Foreign Policy)  With domestic oil production up, imports declining, and new oil and gas reserves being discovered, some question whether energy remains, or ever was, a security challenge and military vulnerability for …

Advanced Biofuels, Climate Change and National Security
July 26, 2013 – 5:48 pm | No Comment

by Robert Kozak (Advanced Biofuels USA) The direct relationship between Climate Change effects and National Security was recently summarized in testimony at a Congressional hearing:
Competition and scarcity involving natural resources—food, water, minerals, and energy—are growing security …

House Moves to Block DOD Buying Biofuels
July 26, 2013 – 11:58 am | No Comment

by Alex Guillen (Politico)  The House late last night approved by voice vote a measure to block the Defense Department from buying most biofuels. The measure was an amendment to the chamber’s defense spending bill …

Federal Agencies Moving Ahead to Reduce Climate Change Risks: Biofuels, Agriculture, and Forestry
July 9, 2013 – 5:15 pm | No Comment

(Environmental and Energy Study Institute)  A number of federal agency initiatives are already underway in the biofuels, agriculture, and forestry sectors to help mitigate climate change and adapt to it.

In a posting July 2, Doug O’Brien, …

Flight Plan: 14 Practical Steps towards Commercial Aviation Biofuels Now
July 5, 2013 – 3:46 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For every 5% in global shift to aviation biofuels — create 72,000 jobs and avoid 3 million tons of carbon emissions.   How to get from available field to affordable fuel …

U.S. Military & Renewable Energy Industry Forum July 18, 2013 Washington, DC
June 14, 2013 – 5:05 pm | No Comment
U.S. Military & Renewable Energy Industry Forum   July 18, 2013   Washington, DC

The Department of Defense has heard the industry’s message about how to effectively deploy renewable energy, but significant challenges remain. As the military transitions from testing and goal setting to deploying active project pipelines, close …

The Battle of the Beltway: DoD Awards $16M towards Parity-Cost, Drop-In, Non-Food Biofuels
May 27, 2013 – 5:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  DoD goes forward, after internal wrangle, with advanced biofuels program via $16M phase 1 investment.
With industry cost share, project totals $33M: aims for sub-$4, drop-in military biofuels.
In Washington, the DoD …

Biofuels Industry Fighting Rising Tide of Skepticism
May 22, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by Sandra I. Erwin  (National Defense Magazine)  …Although the Pentagon consumes just 1.5 percent of the nation’s fuel, biofuel investors and green-energy advocates have looked upon the military as a catalyst for a massive expansion of …

Virent Delivers Plant-Based Jet Fuel to U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory for Testing
May 2, 2013 – 6:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Produces Drop-In Jet Fuel from 100% Renewable Plant Sugars
In Wisconsin, Virent announced the delivery of 100 gallons of its bio-based jet fuel to the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) for …

U.S., Israel Could Collaborate on Advanced Biofuel Development
April 22, 2013 – 4:05 pm | No Comment

by U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation/Biomass Magazine)  After a briefing by senior White House staff on April 17, following their arrival in the U.S., an Israeli delegation of top academic and industrial biofuels research scientists and …

Senate Rejects Amendment Gutting Military Biofuels Program by 40-59 Vote
March 21, 2013 – 8:17 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  An amendment to a $984 billion Senate government funding bill that would have stripped funds from the Defense Department’s drop-in biofuels program failed by a 40-59 vote on Wednesday.
Sen. …

Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office Comments on Air Force Strategic Studies Quarterly Article: Energy Insecurity, The False Promise of Liquid Biofuels
March 18, 2013 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy/Department of Defense)  General Comments
Although the author has done an extensive literature reading in the biofuels area, the paper does not have any analysis of critical issues of energy systems including petroleum …

Funding Bill Amendments Target Military Biofuels
March 15, 2013 – 10:13 am | No Comment

by Zack Coleman (The Hill E2Wire)  Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) filed two amendments to a $984 billion government funding bill on Thursday that would gut the military’s alternative fuels program.
The amendments already are drawing criticism …

Heard on the Floor at World Biofuels Markets 2013
March 13, 2013 – 6:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Neste Oil confirmed that they are using 65% virgin oils, primarily palm oil, and 35% waste residues, but that they are seeking to increase that percent of waste supplied, Neste’s …

Transportation & National Defense Forum March 12-13, 2013 San Diego, CA
March 7, 2013 – 5:07 pm | No Comment
Transportation & National Defense Forum  March 12-13, 2013  San Diego, CA

Join us in San Diego for a two day discussion about the opportunities and barriers for renewable energy presented by two important sectors in the western region: U.S. military bases and the transportation industry. A …

Australian Biofuels Project Another Step Closer
March 7, 2013 – 10:46 am | No Comment

(Biofuels International)  Australian research company Agritechnology has found a location as it further develops a biofuels demonstration plant.
A site for the plant has been chosen in Orange, New South Wales and it will aim to …

A National Biomass Lend-Lease Project
March 6, 2013 – 3:22 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The military would like, affordable, domestically-produced, drop-in, renewable fuels.  Drop-in fuel producers would like long-term, stable fuel sale and feedstock purchase contracts.   Why not put those needs together?
According to …

Is the U.S. Military Fighting Straw Men?
March 4, 2013 – 10:10 am | No Comment

by Brent Erickson (Biotechnology Industry Organization/Biofuels Digest)    Are supporters of the oil industry grasping at straws to keep the U.S. military addicted to oil?
…Our reliance on foreign oil has already impacted military readiness, as …

Defending Clean Energy Goals and Policies
March 1, 2013 – 4:55 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  Renewable energy stakeholders were reminded again in recent weeks that misguided criticism and outright misinformation launched against the nation’s pursuit of a clean energy future must be turned back.
…An example of the …

Inside the Military’s Clean-Energy Revolution
February 28, 2013 – 12:17 pm | No Comment

by Julia Whitty (The Atlantic/Mother Jones)  …To get to the Nimitz, 100 miles off Honolulu, our turboprop is flying a 50-50 blend of biofuel and standard JP-5 shipboard aviation fuel. The biofuel is made from algae …

Researchers Produce High Density Renewable Fuels from Terpenes; Potential Use as Significant Components of Jet, Diesel and Tactical Fuels
February 25, 2013 – 1:11 pm | No Comment

(Green Car Congress)  Researchers at the Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at China Lake have developed a process for the synthesis of high energy density renewable fuels through the selective dimerization of α-pinene, …

Making Superfuels Affordable, via Biofuels: The JP-10 Story
February 25, 2013 – 1:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a switch to biofuels make super-dense JP-10 military aviation fuels affordable? Could F18A Super Hornets add payload or extend range?
Currently reserved for tactical missiles because of cost, biofuels could …

Big Steps in Biofuels: ACORE’s Renewable Energy Policy Forum ‘13
February 15, 2013 – 11:02 am | No Comment

By Joshua Rathod (Advanced Biofuels USA) Thinking about the back and forth on EPA’s cellulosic fuel mandates in the last month, the press on the harmful effects of diverting food crops for fuel processing in …

FAME Is Not (necessarily) the Answer
February 2, 2013 – 7:13 pm | No Comment

by Pamela Serino (Defense Logistics Agency Energy/Biofuels Digest)  …A mandate in all countries to go to ULSD marine fuel would be my first step to cleaner fuels and lower emissions as many nations still burn …

Pentagon Nominee Hagel Endorses Ban on High-Carbon Defense Fuels
February 2, 2013 – 5:50 pm | No Comment

by Ben Geman (The Hill E2Wire)  Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Obama’s nominee for Defense secretary, is backing a controversial ban on military purchase of alternative fuels that have higher greenhouse gas emissions than …

Biofuel Producers Waiting for Pentagon to Show Them the Money
February 2, 2013 – 5:43 pm | No Comment

by Sandra I. Erwin (National Defense Magazine)  The biofuels industry is seeing promising signs from Washington. President Obama in his inauguration speech tied green energy to economic growth. Congress agreed to allow the Pentagon to …

Blue Sun Reinvests Biodiesel Tax Credit Revenue into Technology
January 12, 2013 – 7:37 pm | No Comment

by Ron Kotrba (Biodiesel Magazine)  … Blue Sun Biodiesel CEO Leigh Freeman said his company will immediately invest payments from credits earned in 2012 to advance its next-generation biofuel technologies.
…Specifically, Blue Sun is investing in a …

Defense Bill Done: Biofuels Survive
December 19, 2012 – 12:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Unofficial reports indicate that biofuels provisions have survived a House-Senate conference over the Defense bill.
According to sources, House and Senate conferees have finished work on their conference report on the …

Advanced Biofuels: Key to Military Energy Security
December 5, 2012 – 2:15 pm | No Comment

(Pew Charitable Trusts)  The Department of Defense is the world’s largest consumer of liquid fuels (more than 375,000 barrels of oil per day). Last year alone, the military’s energy bill was $17 billion and over the last …

“Biofuels Have the Momentum”: US Senate Votes 54-41 to Clear Navy’s Path to Affordable, Advanced Biofuels Capacity
November 30, 2012 – 12:20 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Senate voted 54-41 in favor of an amendment offered by Senator Kay Hagan of North Carolina to repeal section 2823 of the annual Defense appropriations bill.
Sec. …

Deputy Assistant Secretary Of The Navy For Energy Visits Military’s Biodiesel-Fueled Steam Plant
November 29, 2012 – 2:42 pm | No Comment

(America’s Navy)  Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy) Tom Hicks toured a steam plant at St. Julien’s Creek Annex in Portsmouth now running on B20, a 20 percent biodiesel, 80 percent number two fuel …

Extend Wind Production Tax Credit and Preserve Military Biofuels Program
November 29, 2012 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Paul Clarke (The Hill E2Wire/Truman National Security Project)  …To free us from the whims of distant countries, America must invest in renewable technologies and take advantage of our energy resources here at home.
Our dependence …

US Senate Votes 62-37 to Back Military Aviation Biofuels
November 28, 2012 – 4:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, the US Senate voted 62-37 in favor of an amendment offered by Senator Mark Udall of Colorado to repeal section 313 of the annual Defense appropriations bill.
Section 313 …

Biofuels Fight Flares Before Possible Defense Debate
November 26, 2012 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Geof Koss (Roll Call)  More than one-third of the Senate is calling for removal of provisions in the defense authorization bill that would limit military efforts to develop alternative fuels.
In a Nov. 16 letter …

Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(TM) Powers Gulfstream Flights To NBAA
October 29, 2012 – 11:53 am | No Comment

(Honeywell/MarketWatch/PR NewsWire)  Five aircraft fly together for the first time using renewable jet fuel to National Business Aviation Association convention
UOP LLC, a Honeywell company, announced today that Honeywell Green Jet Fuel(TM) produced using Honeywell’s UOP Renewable …

Who Is Responsible for Making Biofuels Affordable?
October 23, 2012 – 5:13 pm | No Comment

by Dan Parsons (National Defense Magazine)  … Military leaders, particularly within the Navy, want to find a drop-in alternative fuel that will reduce their dependence on foreign oil, but do not want to pay a premium …

Pentagon, World’s Biggest Fossil Fuel User, Shops for Biofuels
October 23, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Herndon (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)  Gevo Inc. (GEVO), Syntroleum Corp. and Solazyme Inc. (SZYM) may be among a “small set” of biofuel producers vying for supply contracts from the U.S. Defense Department, the world’s largest consumer of …

Biodico and Navy Sign Renewable Fuel Agreement
October 19, 2012 – 7:46 pm | No Comment

(Biodico/PR NewsWire/Herald Online)  Today Biodico announced signing a new agreement with the U.S. Navy for the development and evaluation of advanced biofuels and bioenergy.  The goal is to jointly develop renewable fuel and energy technologies …

U.S. Navy Secretary Says Biofuel Technology Has Arrived
October 16, 2012 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Michael Fabey (Aerospace Daily and Defense Report/Aviation Week)  Despite continued opposition from lawmakers like U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the U.S. Navy will continue its efforts to leverage biofuels technology for its ships and …

Raising Money for the New Biofuels: A Digest Special Report
October 15, 2012 – 4:35 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …We say that biofuels are “capital-intensive,” mainly to be polite. It’s like saying that Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great or Attila the Hun had “land interests”.
…Put it this way. How much …

Air Force Picks Honeywell Unit for Biofuels
September 24, 2012 – 7:06 pm | No Comment

by Joe Cogliano  (Dayton Business Journal)  A division of Honeywell International Inc. is being tapped by the U.S. Air Force to expand the domestic supply of biofuels.
On Thursday, the Defense Department announced Des Plaines, Ill.-based UOP LLC was …

Vilsack, Mabus Highlight Navy Energy Independence in Norfolk, Va.
September 13, 2012 – 6:34 pm | No Comment

(Biodiesel Magazine/USDA)  US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Energy for Navy Tom Hicks toured the USS Monterey (CG 61) at the Naval Station Norfolk (Va.) on Saturday, Sept. 8, and …

The U.S. Military’s Great Green Gamble Spurs Biofuel Startups
September 12, 2012 – 1:02 pm | No Comment

by Todd Woody (Forbes Magazine)  …Funded with $85 million from Bill Gates and other investors – plus $104 million in government cash and loan guarantees – the world’s only commercial outdoor algal biorefinery went online this summer …

The Fearless Emergency of Now
September 7, 2012 – 5:02 pm | No Comment

by Todd Atkinson  ( US Department of Agriculture  Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service/Biomass Magazine)  Since the 20th century, scientists have worked to cure cancer. They have yet to succeed.
Many researchers develop hypotheses that end in disappointment, with …

Naval Postgraduate School Researchers Evaluate Biofuels for Powering the Fleet
September 5, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Amanda Stein (Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System)  …NPS Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Associate Professor Dr. Christopher Brophy, and MAE Professor and Chairman Dr. Knox Millsaps, are working to help the Navy understand …

Fly the Bio Skies: 10 Milestones in the Summer of Aviation biofuels
August 31, 2012 – 10:16 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   …But in many respects, its been a summer about aviation biofuels – starting with the demonstration of the US Navy’s Green Strike Group and continuing to announcements of projects …

Researchers Seek New Strains for Biofuels
August 23, 2012 – 9:36 pm | No Comment

by Adam Stone (Defense News)  With the U.S. Navy spending an increasing amount of cash on alternative energy — including biofuels — researchers at South Dakota State University have embarked on a project that could …

U.S. Army Examines Smaller, Flex-Fuel Generators
August 22, 2012 – 2:05 pm | No Comment

by Adam Stone  (Defense News)  The U.S. Army is testing new power packs that could run on virtually any fuel, including gasoline, ethanol and diesel.
Developed by INI Power of Morrisville, N.C., the alternative energy power …

Senate Panel Approves Defense Bill with Biofuels Funds
August 2, 2012 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Susan Cornwell (Reuters/Chicago Tribune News)  A Senate subcommittee approved legislation on Tuesday that continues funding for the Pentagon’s use of biofuels, a senator said, in a move pushing back against critics trying to limit outlays …

Insiders: GOP Won’t Stop Pentagon’s Green-Energy Push
July 27, 2012 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Olga Belogolova   (National Journal)  Republicans in both the House and Senate this year have proposed cutting funds for alternative-energy programs in the defense authorization bill. But these efforts won’t gain much traction, National Journal’s Energy …

US Biofuel Advocates Urge Congress to Continue Pentagon Funding
July 26, 2012 – 2:51 pm | No Comment

by David Alexander   (Reuters)  * Ex-Senator Warner leads veterans in pushing alternative fuels
* Senator Inhofe seeks accounting for Green Fleet demonstration
* Fossil fuel dependence means more conflict, veterans warn
Military veterans and former lawmakers urged …

University of Dayton Building $850K Outdoor Algae Lab
July 25, 2012 – 5:38 pm | No Comment

by Dave Larsen (Dayton Daily News)  The facility will be used to develop advanced jet fuels for Air Force.
The University of Dayton Research Institute will start construction July 9 on a new $850,000 outdoor algae …

Seafaring Biofuels: Finding the Right Fuel for the Fleet
July 24, 2012 – 12:02 pm | No Comment

by Ysabel Yates (Renewable Energy World)  …For the next two years, Rolf Reitz and his team will be developing a model to work out the right mix of biofuel for the Navy’s fleet. Reitz’s work is critical …

‘Green Strike Group’ Offers Point of Pride, Not Political Divisiveness
July 23, 2012 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(25 x ’25)  As the “green strike group” makes its way through the waters of the Pacific Rim this week, the performance of the advanced biofuels helping power many of those ships is a cause …

Baby vs Bathwater: When Does Budget Prudence Tip over into Energy Shortsightism?
July 23, 2012 – 1:17 pm | No Comment

Joelle Brink (Biofuels Digest)  …The Navy doesn’t go to war, or even a war simulation, with unproven technology. That sends a message loud and clear to those who hope the Age of Biofuels has not …

CLAIM: The Obama Administration Is Forcing the U.S. Navy to Use Unproven Biofuels.
July 23, 2012 – 11:28 am | No Comment

(Energy FactCheck)  FACT:  1.  The U.S. Navy’s biofuel initiative began in 2006 when President George W. Bush’s Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, initiated a task force to explore options for reducing the military’s dependence on fossil …

Can Biofuels Really Make a Nation Safer?
July 20, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …“It didn’t take long to figure out,” he (Dan Nolan, a retired US Army Colonel and CEO of  Sabot 6) recalled, “how many casualties we were taking in Iraq and …

Death Valley Days: The Biofuels Financing Saga
July 20, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As bio-based companies race across the Valley of Death, in the dash for scale, who’s getting financing now, and how?
The path to financing success in bio-based project development used to …

Australian Navy Goes Green with New US Biofuel Deal
July 20, 2012 – 12:11 pm | No Comment

by Brendan Nicholson (The Australian)  THE Royal Australian Navy has taken a major step towards “greening” its warships and aircraft with a new agreement that will give it access to technology being developed in the …

More Access to Advanced Biofuels Becoming an Issue of National Security
July 20, 2012 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

(MultiService.com)  Advanced biofuels are gaining popularity throughout the United States thanks to their financial and environmental benefits. Domestic biofuels can especially benefit the Department of Defense, which uses a substantial amount of fuel each year. …

The 6 Big Myths of Military Biofuels
July 20, 2012 – 11:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In this context we’d like to examine assertions made in a feature story on the Green Strike Group published this week in Wired’s online Danger Room, entitled “How the Navy’s …

#GreatGreenFleet: SECNAV, CNO Visit Nimitz For Great Green Fleet Demonstration
July 20, 2012 – 11:36 am | No Comment

by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Jonathan A. Colon (USS Nimitz Public Affairs/America’s Navy)  The Secretary of the Navy, the honorable Ray Mabus, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, visited the aircraft carrier …

Senators Gird for Fight over U.S. Navy’s ‘Green Fleet’
July 19, 2012 – 12:35 pm | No Comment

by Roberta Rampton and Susan Cornwell (Reuters)  U.S. senators who support the Pentagon’s push to expand its use of biofuels said they have a plan to answer critics who argue the fuel is far too expensive …

Push in Congress to Ban Biofuels in Military Has Big Long-Term Costs
July 19, 2012 – 11:40 am | No Comment

by Norman Seip (Christian Science Monitor)  The US armed services is working hard to wean itself off of fossil fuels and foreign oil. Yet some in Congress, for short-term savings, want to ban them from …

The Navy’s Green Strike Group Sails on Biofuels Blend: Will It Sail Again?
July 19, 2012 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  As the Pacific-based forces of Can-Do battle the Washington-based forces of Shouldn’t-Try, we look at the 6 Big Myths of Military Biofuels
In Hawaii, the US Navy demonstrated its Green Strike Group as …

USNS Henry J. Kaiser Delivers Biofuel for RIMPAC’s Great Green Fleet Demo
July 18, 2012 – 4:42 pm | No Comment

(The Maritime Executive)  Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), which is currently providing logistical support for U.S. Pacific Fleet’s biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise off Hawaii, will deliver 900,000 gallons …

Modeling Biofuel Fitness for the Sea
July 18, 2012 – 2:40 pm | No Comment

(University of Wisconsin-Madison)  With the help of a $2 million grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, mechanical engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will develop a tool to characterize the performance of a …

RAND Says US Military Cannot Reduce Biofuels Price; Should Exit Development; BIO Disagrees
July 18, 2012 – 2:12 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Washington, a new study by the RAND Corporation says that the US military’s petroleum demand of 340,000 barrels per day, compared to global demand of 87 million barrels per …

White House Official: Congress ‘Short-Sighted’ on Biofuels
July 17, 2012 – 6:33 pm | No Comment

by Zack Coleman  (The Hill/E2Wire)  Congress “needs to get beyond short-sightism” that is stunting investment in and handcuffing Defense Department use of biofuels, a senior White House energy official said Wednesday at a conference in …

Air Force Tests Jet Using Gevo Biofuel
July 4, 2012 – 1:55 pm | No Comment

by Mark Harden (BizJournals.com/Denver Business Journal)  The U.S. Air Force has flown the first successful test flight using a type of biofuel provided by Colorado’s Gevo Inc.
The single-seat, twin-engine Air Force A-10 Thunder Bolt jet …

The Obama Plan for Cost-Competitive, Military Biofuels: The 10-Minute Guide
July 3, 2012 – 3:58 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …The Obama Administration has laid out an integrated strategy for commercializing advanced biofuels, with a focus in this phase on military advanced biofuels at cost-competitive prices with conventional fuels.
The vehicle …

Here Comes the Great Green Fleet
July 3, 2012 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Galrahn (Information Dissemination)  With the Great Green Fleet putting to sea for the upcoming RIMPAC 2012 exercise, and more specifically now that the USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T AO 187) has 900,000 of super expensive …

Why the RAND Report on Biofuels and the U.S. Military Has It Wrong
June 22, 2012 – 8:41 pm | No Comment

by Andrew Holland (Consumer Energy Report)  The RAND corporation recently released a report “Promoting International Energy Security” for the U.S. Air Force that, for the most part, contained the conventional wisdom about oil prices and …

Biofuels: Better for Airplanes, Too?
June 14, 2012 – 12:18 pm | No Comment

by Margaret Ryan (AOLEnergy)  Biofuels could be a “game changer” for both military and commercial aviation, says Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers, because they’re proving to have advantages over petroleum-based jet fuels that go beyond …

Amyris is Awarded $8 million DARPA Contract under ‘Living Foundries’ Program
June 12, 2012 – 3:35 pm | No Comment

(Amyris)  Amyris to develop improved DNA assembly and integration across biological platforms
Amyris, Inc. announced today (June 12, 2012)  it has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) …

DoT Algal Fuel Test Results Show Potential
June 7, 2012 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

(Algae Industry Magazine)  The Maritime Administration (MARAD) of the U.S. Department of Transportation has released its analysis of a test conducted with algae-based biofuel on one of its large commercial-size vessels. This research used marine …

Insiders Support Military’s Renewable-Energy Push
June 5, 2012 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by Sara Sorcher (National Journal)  Nearly two-thirds of National Journal’s National Security Insiders agree with the military’s push for renewable energy, siding with the Obama administration over some Republicans in Congress who have charged that the …