Air Force Jet Using 50/50 Camelina Blend
Click Link Below - B-roll of a test flight of an AirForce A-10 flying withbiofuel that is derived from the Camelina plant. Scenes include the aircraft being filled with biofuel, preparing to take off, flying, landing and sound bites from the pilot and the AFCO Director. Video by (in-flight) SMSgt. Joy Josephson and (on the ground) TSgt. Peter Blanding
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are both strongly committed to expanding the role of biomass as an energy source. In particular, they support biomass fuels and products as a way to reduce the need for oil and gas imports; to support the growth of agriculture, forestry, and rural economies; and to foster major new domestic industries—biorefineries—making a variety of fuels, chemicals, and other products. The Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee, a panel established by the Congress to guide the future direction of federally funded biomass R&D, envisioned a 30 percent replacement of the current U.S. petroleum consumption with biofuels by 2030. Biomass has great potential to provide renewable energy for America’s future. In addition to the many benefits common to renewable energy, biomass is particularly attractive because it is the only current renewable source of liquid transportation fuel.
The opportunity for economic growth resides in the processing of these oilseeds and other suitable feedstocks produced on the State and local level into sustainable aviation fuel. The new fuel can be used by airlines in the States thus reducing air pollution and providing another market for State produced oilseeds while creating a value added market for high protein meal which is a by-product. The benefits of sustainable aviation fuel go far beyond the clean burning nature of the product. Sustainable aviation fuel is a renewable resource helping reduce the economy's dependency on limited resources and imports.
As our team researched the future of fuels we arrived at the consensus it would be advantageous for HPP to position herself as an integrated organization that manages camelina feedstock growth and harvesting, processing the seed oil, upgrading to second generation aviation fuel, and distribution to airports and U.S. military installations. HPP has designed the Kirhil mobile processor that would shorten the harvesting process of the camelina feedstock and reduce the transport time to the biorefinery.