HONOLULU, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- ABOARD THE USS NIMITZ IN THE PACIFIC – The full power of a U.S. Naval Carrier Strike Force fueled by advanced biofuel is undergoing its first operational test today in the waters of the central Pacific. Calling it a "significant achievement for America's domestic biofuels industry" Advanced Biofuels Association President Michael McAdams is aboard the USS Nimitz for today's naval exercise for a first hand look at how The Great Green Fleet is using 900,000 gallons of a 50-50 blend of advanced biofuels and traditional petroleum-based fuel.
"This is a proud moment for our nation as we're seeing the results of American ingenuity and innovation in this home grown advanced biofuel that is successfully powering the world's largest state of the art warships," McAdams said.
The Navy is using today's exercise to test and evaluate the cross-platform utility and functionality of advanced biofuels in an operational setting. The "drop-in" fuel can easily blend with or can completely replace conventional fuels. These replacement advanced biofuels don't require any special infrastructures for its delivery from the refineries to customers."
"What's happening today in the waters of the Pacific is proof that America's domestic biofuels industry is no longer assessing hypotheticals of ifs or when, instead, today, we are now asking, how much do you need? Moving from the beaker to the barrel, all in record time."
"The Navy's strategic move to advanced biofuels is truly a matter of national security. As one of the world's largest consumers of fuel, our military and essentially our national security are at the mercy of the whims of the international oil market just as much as we are when we pull up to the gas station."
McAdams also noted ABFA member companies Dynamic Fuels and Solazyme successfully delivered the fuel used today which included a mixture of Solazyme's algae-based fuel and fuel developed from used cooking oil and non-food-grade animal fats by Dynamic Fuels.
"Our companies are demonstrating real world success every day and moving advanced replacement fuels from the beaker to the barrel. These are drop-in fuels that directly substitute for oil," McAdams said.
The Navy's demonstration of the Green Fleet is part of The Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) 2012, the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise that includes 42 ships, six submarines, 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel from 22 different nations.
As a leading voice for America's domestic biofuels industry, the Advanced Biofuels Association, ABFA, represents companies deploying advanced and renewable technologies that are helping drive America's new economy by creating jobs, reducing our dependence on foreign oil while fueling a sustainable future for the world. A national organization based in Washington, D.C., the ABFA supports federal investment while encouraging public policies that are consistent, technology neutral, utilize sustainable feedstocks and offer subsidy parity. For more information http://www.advancedbiofuelsassociation.com/
SOURCE Advanced Biofuels Association