US Navy awards bio-jet fuel contract to Albemarle

20 March 2012 22:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Navy has awarded a contract to Albemarle to provide renewable jet fuel using bio n-butanol developed by Cobalt Technologies, Cobalt said on Tuesday.

Albemarle will use Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division technologies to process bio n-butanol into renewable jet fuel at Albemarle’s Louisiana processing facility at Baton Rouge, Cobalt said.

The manufacturing contract began in February, Cobalt said.

The US Navy will test the jet fuel for military certification.

“Once this testing is completed, larger production runs will be undertaken to continue with flight testing,” Cobalt said.

Cobalt converts non-food feedstock, like woody biomass, into renewable butanol for both chemicals and fuels, including jet fuel.  

The US Navy is aiming to cut the use of foreign-based fossil fuels in half by 2020, Cobalt said.


By: Brian Ford
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