Pentagon, airlines work together on alternative jet fuels

05/11/2010 | Reuters

Top Pentagon officials are meeting with leaders in the petroleum, alternative fuels and renewable energy industries this week to discuss new alternative fuel technologies and how they could be used to power fighter jets and other military aircraft. The goal is to develop biomass fuels to reduce dependence on foreign crude oil, and officials applauded the recent flights of two fighter jets powered by a mix of biomass and jet fuel. The Air Transport Association has signed an agreement with the Pentagon to help speed the commercialization of alternative fuels. Together, the Pentagon and the airline industry require an estimated 1.5 million barrels of jet fuel daily.

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