Going Green: Navy Places World’s Largest Advanced Biofuel Order

Raw materials check at Dynamic Fuel's Geismar, Louisiana, renewable fuels plant. Via Flickr

Dynamic Fuels, LLC, a joint venture between Tyson Foods and Syntroleum Corporation, said today it has won a contract with the U.S. Navy to supply an astounding 450,000 gallons of renewable fuels.  The order marks is the world’s largest single order of advanced biofuel in government history, according to a USDA report.

“Get ready America, because the gallons are on the way as we’re about to make history by leading the world in delivering renewable replacement fuels,” commented Advanced Biofuels Association President Michael McAdams. “Today’s announcement should effectively silence our fossil fuel detractors as we have yet more proof that advanced biofuels are real and real enough to help better prepare and strengthen America’s armed forces.”

The contract with Dynamic Fuels involves supplying the U.S. Navy with 100,000 gallons of jet fuel and 350,000 gallons of marine distillate fuel.  The fuel is to be used to support the Navy’s development of a “Green Strike Group” composed of vessels and ships powered by biofuel.

McAdams added, “We’re already starting to see advanced biofuels delivering on its promise of creating new jobs, and providing economic and energy security for our nation and today’s order will help boost that progress.”

The fuel for the Navy will be manufactured at Dynamic Fuel’s Geismar, Louisiana, renewable fuels plant using yellow grease (used cooking oil) as well as algal oil supplied by Solazyme, a renewable oil and bioproducts company that will help Dynamic Fuels with the order. The Dynamic Fuels plant, which has been in operation for more than a year, is designed to convert non-food feedstocks such as algal oil, animal fats, and greases into renewable fuels.

The fuel will be delivered to the government by May 1, 2012.