U.S. Navy Conducts Its Largest Algae Biofuel Test Ever
The Navy has paid $425 a gallon for this algae fuel. The DLA-Fuels contract for $8.5M to Solazyme of San Francisco for 20,000 gallons of algae diesel fuel is on the official Feb Biz Ops web page under solicitation BAA040008. The Navy also bought 1,500 gallons of Solazyme jet fuel for aircraft testing for only $149/gallon under solicitation SP0600-09-R-0704. Solazyme is also simultaneously getting $110M from DOE (Dr. Chu of the Solyndra debacle) for R&D, so the true cost of the fuel is still even higher. The lowest price currently being paid by the US Military for biofuels is $67/gallon, while normal military/commercial fuels (F-76 diesel oil and JP-8/Jet A-1 jet fuel) are less than $3/gallon! These are your tax dollars at work when we are cutting people and equipment to try to balance record budget deficits.