Has the Navy Set Sail or Aborted the Mission to Use Green Fuels?

December 15, 2011 by A Siegel

In 2008, Admiral Gary Roughead, U.S. Navy, then Chief of Naval of Operations, established  Task Force Energy and Task Force Climate (prior to the Obama Administration).  Since then, Task Force Energy has provided a serious focal point for fostering changing Navy thinking and approaches to energy use and...[read more]

To The Military, Renewable Energy a Matter of National Security

October 11, 2011 by Peter Lehner

When you’ve seen your soldiers die protecting a fuel convoy, you know that the need for clean energy and efficiency is real, urgent, and transcends political squabbling. This Sunday four high-ranking officials from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines spoke out in support of a clean energy future for America. They published an op-ed in...[read more]

The U.S. Navy and Biofuels – Part III

October 31, 2010 by Robert Rapier

This is the concluding installment of my recent interview with Tom Hicks, Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Navy (Energy). Part I discussed the overall goals of the Navy’s biofuel efforts, and in Part II we covered why coal-to-liquids (CTL) is presently off-limits, and why GTL may be as well. Part III picks up with the human cost of...[read more]

The U.S. Navy and Biofuels – Part I

October 26, 2010 by Robert Rapier

On Tuesday, October 19, 2010 I conducted an interview with Tom Hicks, who is the Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Navy (Energy). The idea for the interview originated from my recent essays on Solazyme (here and here) in which the Navy’s investments in biofuels were discussed. After the Solazyme essays were published, Consumer...[read more]

U.S. Navy Pays Big Bucks for Biofuels

October 8, 2010 by Robert Rapier

On Earth Day, the U.S. Navy conducted a supersonic flight test of the "Green Hornet," an F/A-18 Super Hornet strike fighter jet powered by a 50/50 biofuel blend. (U.S. Navy photo by Kelly Schindler) The U.S. military is the single biggest consumer of fossil fuels in the world. Because of risks around price and supply security, they are...[read more]

Navy and USDA Team Up to Encourage Biofuel Development

January 22, 2010 by Tim Hurst

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Navy signed a Memo of Understanding on Thursday with the goal of developing renewable energy resources like biofuels. The Navy has been increasing its focus on energy reform, and this is the latest idea designed to push the largest naval fleet in the world into a new era. Agriculture...[read more]

A Naval officer’s “Atomic Insights”

January 22, 2010 by Marc Gunther

Rod Adams has not followed a typical career path: Formerly the chief engineer on a U.S. Navy submarine, he’s now a prominent blogger on nuclear power. Rod is well qualified to preside over Atomic Insights, the blog where he writes about energy supplies, technology and politics from an atomic point of view. For one thing, he knows nukes–...[read more]