U.S. Navy’s ‘Great Green Fleet’ Gets Underway Using Biofuels

By David Alexander WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy will formally deploy its so-called "Great Green Fleet" on Wednesday, sending warships to sea on biofuels even though oil prices have dropped 70 percent since congressional Republicans first criticized the high cost of alternative fuels. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told Reuters the deployment is the next step in … [Read more...]

U.S. Navy Seeks 37 Million Gallon Biofuels Purchase

The U.S. Navy says it is seeking 37 million gallons of drop-in biofuels in what the Department of the Navy describes as a major step in its efforts to reduce its reliance on petroleum. The biofuels sought can be blended in a range of 10 to 50 percent with conventional petroleum products and will need to meet all military fuel specifications in a way that will make handling … [Read more...]

Maersk Talks Algae: Joint R&D Program Aims to Shed Light on Future Use of Algae-based Biofuels

As gCaptain reported earlier, shipping conglomerate Maersk and the U.S. Navy have been collaborating on a unique and possibly ground-breaking R&D program that will test the use of algae-based biofuel to power ships.  With any luck, the program will shed light on how biofuels, a natural and sustainable alternative to other fossil fuels, can be used to diversify a vessels … [Read more...]

We Sail the Ocean Blue, but We’re Going Green, Too

USS Carl Vinson Strike Group, Exercise Tandem Thrust 2003, US Navy Photo WASHINGTON (Dow Jones) Rear Adm. (Ret.) Robert James's characterization of the Navy's pursuit of alternative fuels and energy technologies displays a serious misunderstanding of the department's commitment and rationale behind these important efforts ("Of Mustard Fuel and Marines," op-ed, Aug. 2). He … [Read more...]