Biodico, US Navy to develop biofuel, bioenergy technologies
Oct 22, 2012 - US biofuels firm Biodico and the US Navy will jointly develop and evaluate advanced biofuels and bioenergy technologies for use at facilities of the Navy and the Department of Defence (DoD) globally.
The collaboration, supported with grants from the California Energy Commission, will optimise the operation of biorefineries for renewable petroleum diesel equivalent liquid fuels and bio-based products at the DoD facilities, Biodico said in a statement on Friday.
The move will enable low-cost biofuel production and will help the Navy reach its goal to reduce by half its dependence on petroleum by 2020.
The partners will work on technologies including transesterification, gasification, gas to liquids, hydrogenation, anaerobic digestion, catalysis, production of feedstocks and co-products.
As part of the agreement, Biodico is building a sustainable biorefinery at Naval Base Ventura County, California, to produce biofuel and bioenergy at prices competitive with conventional fuel and power prices, the company's president Russel Teall said.