The Air Force Research Laboratory has unveiled a new organization to explore new methods to commercialize a biofuel production technology in an effort to manage petroleum usage costs.
AFRL’s Defense Production Act Title III Program Office will collaborate with industry to develop feedstock, buy equipment and create a business strategy to sustain the production of biofuel for Defense Department and industry use, the U.S. Air Force said Monday.
“The military services were directed by the president to address the production of biofuels so we could mitigate the vulnerabilities faced when the price of fuel went up,” said James Neely, a program manager in the DPA Title III Program Office.
“We have unique authorities through Title III, allowing us to enter into partnerships with commercial industry to put a manufacturing capability in place in response to a specific DoD need for technology,” Neely added.
AFRL has launched the Bio-Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene project to retrofit a California-based refinery through the manufacturing of biofuel for military and industry use.