The departments of Navy, Energy and Agriculture have awarded three companies contracts to build biorefineries with the goal of fulfilling the transportation requirements of the U.S. military and private sector.
The projects are expected to yield more than 100 million gallons of fuel for the military beginning in 2016 and 2017, the Defense Department said Friday.
“The contracts being announced today will help expand the operational capability of our Navy and Marine Corps around the world,” said Ray Mabus, Navy secretary.
The military will be able to blend its traditional fuels with biofuel in a 50/50 ratio.
“By advancing technologies that reduce our carbon emissions, this multiagency partnership is demonstrating that by protecting our energy and environmental security, we will enhance our national security as well,” added Daniel Poneman, deputy energy secretary.