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The Navy's new Riverine Command Boat (RCB-X)  (Source: NAVY.mil)
Navy hopes to cut its fossil fuel consumption in half by 2020

It seems these days that many people/organizations are trying to go green. We have companies like Dell installing solar panels in parking lotsnumerous auto manufacturers are selling/developing full-electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles; and even homeowners look to reduce costs by using fluorescent lighting and eco-friendly building materials.

Not to be left out, the U.S. Navy is showing its "green" side with a new 49-foot Riverine Command Boat (RCB-X). The boat is powered by a 50/50 mix of NATO F-76 fuel and algae-based biofuel.

Although there is no talk about an increase (or penalty) in fuel efficiency by using the the fuel, it appears to be more of a policy decision with regards to stepping up the use of alternative fuels in the Navy's fleet.

"Going green is about combat capability and assuring Navy's mobility," said Rear Adm. Philip Cullom, director of the Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division. "It is not just about natural security; it also strengthens national security. By having reliable and abundant alternate sources of energy, we will no longer be held hostage by any one source of energy, such as petroleum.”

As with all new and experimental technology, the price to use such fuel in this prototype vehicle is astronomical. And when we say astronomical, we mean it -- the Marine Corps Times reports that the Navy bought 20,055 gallons of algae-based biodiesel at a jaw-dropping cost of $424 per gallon.

According to Wired, the Navy uses 80,000 barrels of oil per day to fuel its ships and wishes to cut that number in half within a decade through the use of biofuels and nuclear power.

"First and foremost, energy conservation extends tactical range of our forces while also preserving precious resources," Cullom added. "Our goal, as a Navy, is to be an 'early adopter' of new technologies that enhance national security in an environmentally sustainable way."



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RE: Volume and production
By theapparition on 10/29/2010 7:48:33 PM , Rating: 2
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Sorry your explaintion does not justify the cost.

Sorry that you lack the comprehension to understand.

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"They'll pay what ever I want to charge!"

Spoken like a mediawashed fool with no insite into the situation. $500 hammer, OMG, Government and Pentagon is so stupid.

Hate to break it to you, but they are not that dumb. Inefficient and misdirected, maybe, but that's another discussion.

Every cost proposal has a price breakdown listing the cost for each charge, including the testing and certification costs. Certification can cost 10X what the actual part costs, and that goes back to the prime listing that certification as a requirement. But one thing is certain, the GAO reviews these purchases and also concluded in most of them, the costs were justified.

But Dr or crap knows more than thousands of qualified individuals on this topic. Next up, you're going to tell brain surgeons that they don't need fancy medical tools, any Black and Decker cutoff saw can cut through a cranium. Fools!!!


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