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26 May 11. Extended Department of Defense (DOD) purchasing contracts for advanced biofuels can help innovative companies unlock investment
opportunities for construction of biorefineries. The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) today thanked Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) for introducing the Domestic Fuel for Enhancing National Security Act of 2011, which would allow the Department of Defense to increase long-term contracts with biofuel producers from 5 years to 15 years for the purchase of advanced biofuels.
“To achieve true energy independence, the United States need to dramatically increase advanced biofuel production. But that requires capital investment in deploying new technologies. Expanding the Defense Department’s ability to engage in long-term contracts would provide advanced biofuel companies needed market stability as they commit capital to building new biorefineries. To achieve true energy independence, the United States need to dramatically increase advanced biofuel production. But that requires capital investment in deploying new technologies. Expanding the Defense Department’s ability to engage in long-term contracts would provide advanced biofuel companies needed market stability as they commit capital to building new biorefineries,” said Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO’s Industrial & Environmental Section. “The Defense Department recognizes that domestically produced advanced biofuels are vital to our energy security. For instance, they can reduce the military’s dependence on foreign oil and shield it from volatile energy supplies and prices. The common sense changes to Department of Defense procurement policies in this legislation can move the country another step closer to energy
security,” Erickson concluded.
BIO represents more than 1,100 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products. BIO also produces the BIO International Convention, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry, along with industry-leading investor and partnering meetings held around the world. (Source: Yahoo!/BUSINESS WIRE)
27 May 11. Powering troop deployments from rubbish. The Minister for Defence Science & Personnel, Warren Snowdon, says the energy requirements for future troop deployments could be powered by rubbish.
“The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and Melbourne based HRL Technology are developing a deployable Waste To Energy (WTE) concept capable of utilising a range of solid wastes or rubbish to produce electricity,” Mr Snowdon said.
One of the biggest fuel usages in a deployed environment, excluding air operations, is power generation for headquarters, field hospitals, and humanitarian relief sites where most power infrastructure is destroyed.
Mr Snowdon said a typical ADF battalion of 500 soldiers generates about 1,000 to 2,000 kg of waste per day on deployment.
“The aim of the Waste To Energy system is to recover the embodied energy of the rubbish and generate power for the base, reducing the need for diesel.
“DSTO and HRL Technology have developed a concept that uses a technology capable of processing up to 5,000 kg of solid waste per day. That’s processing more than twice the amount of rubbish produced by a typical battalion.”
Research by DSTO and HRL Technology scientists in Melbourne conducted over the last two and a half years found the most effective way to generate power was to utilise hot gases from waste combustion in a grate furnace, which heated compressed air for expansion through a turbin