Magazine article National Defense

Low-Cost Biofuel Process Could Serve U.S. Military

Magazine article National Defense

Low-Cost Biofuel Process Could Serve U.S. Military

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* The U.S. military could benefit from a new process for creating biofuel that is portable, speedy and cost-efficient, said a company executive.

Alliance BioEnergy Plus Inc., a Florida-based company that specializes in cellulose--or plant fiber--conversion, has created a mechanical process for converting organic matter into sugars and oils in minutes to produce diesel and jet fuel.

The cellulose-to-sugar (CTS) process could prove beneficial for Navy ships and military ground vehicles, enabling them to be fueled while in transit at a manageable cost, said BioEnergy president Daniel de Liege. "Our system is modular and very portable, and could be placed on the back of a truck or a very large unit," he said.

He noted the drawbacks that have kept biofuels from being a prominent fuel supply for the services in the past. These include fixed land-based production facilities, inefficient processes and burdensome transportation requirements for use anywhere beyond the production facility.

"We literally could be in shipping containers, installed in refueling oilers and actually processed at sea," De Liege said. …

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