The Air Force Research Laboratory has unveiled a new organization toÂ explore new methods to commercialize a biofuel production technology in an effort to manageÂ petroleum usage costs.
AFRL’sÂ Defense Production Act Title III Program OfficeÂ will collaborateÂ with industry to develop feedstock, buy equipment and create a business strategy to sustain the production of biofuel for Defense Department and industry use, the U.S. Air Force said Monday.
âThe military services were directed by the president to address the production of biofuels so we could mitigate the vulnerabilities faced when the price of fuel went up,â said James Neely, a program manager in the DPA Title III Program Office.
âWe have unique authorities through Title III, allowing us to enter into partnerships with commercial industry to put a manufacturing capability in place in response to a specific DoD need for technology,â Neely added.
AFRL hasÂ launched the Bio-Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene project to retrofit a California-based refinery through theÂ manufacturingÂ of biofuel for military and industry use.