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Accession Number ADA562379
Title Unintended Consequences: Potential Downsides of the Air Force's Conversion to Biofuels.
Publication Date 2011
Media Count 7p
Personal Author C. A. Bleckmann D. M. Mackay J. P. McComb K. Vuong M. N. Goltz
Abstract The desire to reduce US dependence on foreign energy, ongoing environmental concerns, and the rising cost of petroleum have sparked significant development of greener alternative and renewable energy sources such as alcoholbased biofuels. To address these issues, the Department of Defense (DOD) has moved to diminish its reliance on petroleum for fueling aircraft and ground equipment. The US Air Force, in alignment with DOD objectives, has initiated several goals for reducing its use of energy: (1) decrease the use of petroleum-based fuel by 2 percent annually for the vehicle fleet, (2) increase the use of alternative fuel in motor vehicles annually by 10 percent, (3) certify all aircraft and weapon systems for a 50/50 alternative fuel blend by 2011, and (4) have Air Force aircraft flying on 50 percent alternative fuel blends by 2016.1 This aggressive timetable moves the world s single largest petroleum consumer, the DOD, squarely into the alternative energies market. As the world s most prodigious fuel consumer, the DOD would likely drive segments of the aviation and motor fuels markets around the world to meet the demand for newly formulated alternative fuels and to convert existing fueldelivery systems to support the new market. Although conversion to alternative fuels can clearly lower the production of carbon dioxide, the risks that potential fuel spills pose to soil and groundwater are only now becoming clear.
Keywords Aeronautics
Air force
Aircraft
Alignment
Biomass
Consumers
Conversion
Dioxides
Fuels
Global
Ground support equipment
Ground vehicles
Ground water
Petroleum products
Production
Reprints
Soils
Vehicles


 
Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 57B - Biochemistry
97K - Fuels
74E - Logistics, Military Facilities, & Supplies
Corporate Author Air Univ., Maxwell AFB, AL. Air Force Research Inst.
Document Type Journal article
Title Note Journal article.
NTIS Issue Number 1225
Contract Number N/A

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