The United States Navy has tested 20,000 gallons of algae biofuel on a decommissioned destroyer. With this test the U.S. Navy carries on its mission of transitioning to renewable energy. The transition towards renewable green energy is an important one for the U.S. Navy as the end phase of the fossil fuel era begins to play out and the United States becomes more and more dependent on foreign oil.
The new test involved a decommissioned destroyer reconfigured as a remote-controlled test ship, sailing out of NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego. The idea was to see if a 50-50 blend of algae biofuel and standard marine petroleum fuel could be used as a drop-in replacement, without the need for any special equipment or procedures.
Logistics Center’s fuel officer, Cmdr. Frank Kim said the following:
“We use the same types of trucks, hoses and other pierside equipment to transfer the fuel, and no modifications are required either from a fueling perspective or on the shipboard side. It’s going to be pretty amazing to see where these fuels take us in the future.”
The test is part of the Navy’s Green Fleet initiative, which calls for shipping out an entire fleet running on alternative fuels by 2016, with a locally-operating Green Strike Force in the water by 2012. The fleet will also rely on nuclear energy which may disappoint some clean energy fans, but after all this is the military and the Navy’s main goal is to keep itself at peak fighting capability.
Via Clean Technica