Navy Orders Cooking Oil, Algae to Power Ships

by | Dec 6, 2011

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The U.S. Navy has placed the world’s largest advanced biofuel order of 425,000 gallons with Dynamic Fuels LLC, a joint venture between Tyson Foods Inc. and Syntroleum Corporation; and bioproducts company Solazyme Inc.

Dynamic will be supplying fuel derived from used cooking oil, while fuel from Solazyme comes from algae. The biofuel will be delivered to the government by May 1, 2012, and is to be used to power war games next year, Reuters reports.

The Navy contract comes on the heels of both companies’ involvement in commercial airline flights using biofuel.  This includes Dynamic Fuels’ renewable jet fuel work with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Finnair, Thomson Airways and Alaska Airlines, and Solazyme’s recent partnership with United Airlines.

In November, the Navy sent a destroyer ship powered by Solazyme’s algae-based fuel on a 20-hour trip along the California coast.

Some 20,000 gallons of the fuel were pumped into the U.S.S. Paul F. Foster test ship to power it overnight from San Diego to Port Hueneme, Calif.

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