California: Advanced 'Drop-In' Biofuels Power the Navy's Green Strike Group

Project Overview
Positive Impact: EERE's investment allowed Solazyme to increase its algal oil production by a factor of 10, leading to the U.S. Navy's purchase of 450,000 gallons of "drop-in" jet fuel.
Location: San Francisco, California
Partners: Solazyme
EERE Investment: $21.8 million
Clean Energy Sector: Sustainable transportationPDF

Partnering with Solazyme of San Francisco, EERE enabled the company to increase its production of algal oil by a factor of 10. In December 2011, the U.S. Navy's Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) announced that it would purchase 450,000 gallons of Solazyme's advanced "drop-in" jet fuel made from algal oil—the largest U.S. government purchase of biofuels to date. The Navy demonstrated the fuel in the Green Strike Group exercises in the Pacific in summer 2012, and by 2013, plans to deploy a Great Green Fleet powered entirely by alternative fuels.

The Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) works with a broad spectrum of industrial, academic, agricultural, and nonprofit partners across the United States to develop and deploy commercially viable, high-performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower from renewable biomass resources in America to reduce our dependence on imported oil.

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