US Navy Leading the Way in Green Maritime Fuels
While being bitterly criticized in Congress by several “budget hawks,” who say it is way too expensive, the US Navy has been leading the way in creating sustainable biofuel for its ships and aircraft. And yes, it is expensive, very expensive. But that’s why it’s a pilot project. The US Navy is spending 12 million US dollars to figure out what kind of biofuel it could use and is experimenting with using it.
From Reuters 2.19.12:
Dozens of F/A-18 Super Hornets and other aircraft powered by conventional jet fuel mixed with recycled cooking grease and algae oil screamed off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz on Wednesday during international military exercises in the central Pacific.
Two destroyers and a guided-missile cruiser plied the ocean using a similar fuel mixture. The fuel demonstration started on Wednesday and continued on Thursday…
Another story from the climate blog Earth Techling:
The Navy has set a goal of deploying a “Great Green Fleet” powered entirely by alternative fuels by 2016, and of reaching 50 percent alternative energy use overall by 2020. The service has also tested alternative fuel in a yard patrol boat at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and in a landing craft utility off the Virginia coast.