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The US Air Force has shown a serious effort to go green, but much work remains

A new Pew Charitable Trusts report reveals the United States Air Force has reduced energy consumption over the past six years by 20 percent, as the military looks to continue going green.

"The military's reliance on fossil fuels compromises combat effectiveness by restricting mobility, flexibility and endurance on the battlefield," according to the new report, as government officials work with private contractors.

Going green is a popular initiative in the U.S. government at the moment, especially among Air Force officials who are interested in developing alternative fuel sources.  Since the Air Force uses more energy and natural resources than the other branches, there has been an even higher urgency for fuel efficiency and eco-conscious projects.

In addition to heavily researching biofuels and green spy planes, the Air Force also is developing solar farms, wind turbines, and power plants at airbases in select locations.  There also are 37 airbases that have renewable energy sources partially powering bases, with the overall number of bases expected to increase.

The Air Force recently performed a successful test flight of an A-10 fighter jet with a mix of 50/50 jet fuel and camelina weed mix.

Military officials and lawmakers plan to work with other contractors to help spur new green projects for use by the military.  The U.S. Army has given EnerDel a contract to make a hybrid Humvee battery, as Army officials also look at various ways to make greener vehicles.

Even though the military is testing biofuels, numerous trials must be conducted before the new fuels will be used during live missions.

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welcome to last week's news
By inperfectdarkness on 4/29/2010 9:43:37 AM , Rating: 1
...this was in the USAF times last week. i expected better from daily-tech.

RE: welcome to last week's news
By Smilin on 4/29/2010 9:47:42 AM , Rating: 2
They flew a C-17 on this stuff 3 years ago and you're just finding out about it last week?

I expect better from a USAF Times reader.

RE: welcome to last week's news
By inperfectdarkness on 4/29/2010 9:51:38 AM , Rating: 2
considering that i was in basic 3 years ago, i can honestly say i never read that article. even if you google "c-17" and "biofuel" you'll only come up with 2010 articles; so i can't begrudge awareness of the earlier tests.

By inperfectdarkness on 4/29/2010 9:54:17 AM , Rating: 2

the Dec 2007 test was done with a 50/50 mix of synthetic fuel--not necessarily a biofuel, and certainly not the same fuel used in the current tests.

RE: welcome to last week's news
By MrBlastman on 4/29/2010 10:09:06 AM , Rating: 2
This is just what we need! Now we can bomb the hippies while conserving the environment too!

They can't protest against the military once and for all. Think it through:

1. We're reducing the military's carbon footprint.
2. If we produce cellulosic casings for our bombs, we're reducing lead and metal contamination.
3. We're practicing population control! This is at the top of the progressive moment's agenda.
4. Peace will ultimately prevail... among mounds and mounds of dead people but flowers will sprout from them... eventually.

Hippies, rejoice!

(Okay, I really don't want to sacrifice performance of our strike aircraft to save the environment--but I can't stand the hippies either, so this lets us attack them with their own medicine.)

RE: welcome to last week's news
By Smilin on 4/29/2010 2:26:12 PM , Rating: 2

Your criticism was dumb and unwarranted. Don't backpedal now.

Here's a 2009 article from dailytech itself..

And here is the C-17..

RE: welcome to last week's news
By emoser96 on 4/29/2010 2:48:29 PM , Rating: 2
FWIW, the A-10 flew a fischer tropsch fuel this past fall and it flew the HRJ fuel (the camelina fuel mix mentioned) the last week of March. Both of those fuels were 50/50 blends since the biofuels don't meet the requirements for JP-8 in their 100% concentrations.

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