The US Navy, Biofuels, and the Eco Arms Race

America’s military leaders have been strong advocates for converting America’s war machine to renewable biofuels in general and ethanol in particular, and US Navy Secretary Ray Mabus just wrote a new article over at Foreign Policy that lays out all of his reasons to move away from oil, from dependence on foreign powers to oil’s troublesome logistics and environmental impact.

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Saft Gets Greenlight For Army Hybrid Tank Battery System

Major automakers are all going green, as are many government militaries who see the battle for limited oil resources as a major flashpoint going forward. The U.S. government has just awarded Saft with $1.3 million to continue developing a lithium-ion battery system for the next-generation of Army Ground Combat Vehicles, or GCVs.

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Video: Pressure Cooking Process Turns Algae Into Oil In Under A Minute

The term “fossil fuels” comes from the fact that the oil in the ground is the result of compressed carbon life dating back millions of years. But a new biofuel breakthrough by researchers at the University of Michigan has turned wet algae into a viable oil substitute in under a minute. Is this the moment that algae goes mainstream?

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GM Still Aiming For Fuel Cell Vehicle Sales By 2016

Hydrogen is the quiet giant of alternative fuels. It is by far the most promising alternative fuel in a variety of ways, but there are a number of obstacles to widespread adoption. Yet major automakers have continued plowing forward with hydrogen fuel cell research, and GM is at the forefront. The General says it is on track to deliver hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to dealerships by 2016. Is it bluster, or are they for real?

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U.S. Navy Uses Seawater to Make Jet Fuel on the Go

Imagine a fighting force that can scavenge its own fuel as it marches along, and you’re either thinking about the Continental Army’s march to Yorktown or the U.S. Navy not too many years in the future. Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington are working on a process that can produce jet fuel from seawater. It sounds like something that would give the U.S. a powerful edge in action, so let’s call this Round 3 in the Navy’s efforts to free itself from dependency on fossil fuels.

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