A recent study for the U.S. Air Force shows that the US military doesn’t give up petroleum products over renewable fuels for ships and jets.
The study was made by the RAND Corporation and shows that the U.S. Defense Department uses about 340,000 barrels per day. Renewable fuel doesn’t sound as a good idea for the US Military, since fuel made from seed or algae oils are not meeting the reasonable price requested by the military.
“Pending a major technical breakthrough, renewable jet fuel and marine fuels will continue to be far more expensive than petroleum-based fuels,” said James Bartis, the RAND researcher who authored a volume of the report.
The Navy spent almost $12 million on 450,000 gallons of biofuel necessary for the Mabus’s Great Green Fleet exhibition in July, which will use biofuels and petroleum in its cruisers, destroyers and jet aircraft, and nuclear energy in its aircraft carrier and submarines. After this move Congress lawmakers proposed a measure to forbid military spending on biofuels unless their price is the same or lower than the one of the petroleum.
U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus declared that the US can develop a market for alternative fuels, large enough to bring down prices and make them competitive with petroleum.