Saturday, December 14, 2013

Navy to Use Biofuels Made of US Homegrown Plants

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus Wednesday announced the 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. 

The announcement incorporates the acquisition of biofuel blends into regular Department of Defense (DOD) domestic solicitations for jet engine and marine diesel fuels. The Navy will seek to purchase JP-5 and F-76 advanced drop-in biofuels blended from 10 to 50 percent with conventional fuels.

Funds from USDA's Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) will assist the effort.

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