National Energy Security: U.S. Government Eyes Biofuels
(BIO tech NOW) Defense Department details military needs for advanced biofuels
The U.S. military has a real need for biofuels.
The Navy sets its requirement at 336 million gallons by 2020.
…Paul Bryan, biomass program manager for the Energy Department, who also spoke at the Pacific Rim Summit, points out that the government’s transition to biofuels must be careful and deliberate.
“We get a lot of products from a barrel of petroleum,” Bryan says. “If we replace only one of those products, refineries as they are currently constituted cannot readily shift all of the displaced molecules into other products. If we reduce total petroleum usage as a percentage of one market, we need to think about how that impacts other markets. The most obvious issue is that we have to replace diesel and jet in proportion to gasoline, since their combined volume is approximately three-quarters that of gasoline, and their markets are projected to grow significantly faster than that for gasoline.” READ MORE