The world’s powerful armed forces are now heading to minimize dependence on oil reserves by resorting to make their war fleet bio-fuel friendly.
The U.S. army which happens to be the single largest consumer of energy has now decided to explore the chance of using jet fuels derived from algae or animal or vegetable oils. A few flights have taken off and shown successful results when run on biofuels. All the fighter planes belonging to the Britain’s Royal Air Force are now certified entirely to run on bio-fuels. Researchers in Britain are planning to develop solar-powered unmanned aircraft attack.
Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO), India is conducting field trials of biodiesel on military vehicles like bullet proof armored personnel carriers (APCs) at Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (VDRE).
The bio-diesel used for their trials is produced by DRDO from Jatropha curcas. These Jatropha plantations extend over 400 acres of land in DRDO’s Secunderabad facility. The fuel comprises of 20% bio-diesel mixed with regular diesel, this fuel was tested on Swaraj Mazda and Tata truck engines.
Now,the Pentagon wants to derive quarter of the energy it utilizes from renewable energy sources by 2025. They plan to fly their planes on a 50/50 blend of ordinary fuel and bio-fuel derived from source like algae for example.
Will these efforts last for long?