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Thursday, 28 October 2010

US Navy completes successful trial of biofuel-powered gunboat



Source: The Guardian
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/27/us-navy-biofuel-gunboat

Forced to adapt to the rising price of oil, the US Navy has successfully tested a gunboat which runs on algae-based fuel. Essentially the fuel is a 50-50 mix of algae and diesel and the navy plants to run half of the fleet on a mixture of biofuel and nuclear power by 2020. Rear Admiral Cullom, director of the US Navy's sustainability division stated that this was more to do with maintaining combat capability while avoiding being held hostage by restrictions on conventional fuel sources than it was to do with climate change.

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