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Armed and ready for action, the U.S. Navy's Sikorsky MH-60S Seahawk helicopters are fear-inducing machines. However, we'd be willing to bet that most of the U.S.' opponents have no clue that this bird can take to the skies powered by algal-derived fuels.

Recently, the U.S. Navy successfully demonstrated that Solazyme's algal-derived fuel, Solajet HRJ-5, can power the MH-60S helicopter. Though nothing more than a test flight running on a 50/50 blend of Solajet and petroleum-derived fuel, the airborne MH-60S marks the first military aircraft to successfully fly on a mixture containing algal-based fuel.

The U.S. Navy's test flight preceded ASTM International's announcement that it had approved biofuel fuel for use in commercial aviation. To date, Solazyme is reportedly the only company providing the U.S. Navy with algae-derived aviation and marine fuels.

[Source: Green Car Congress]

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      • 3 Years Ago
      No, I'm all for it. It's not my bearded face getting slapped.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't understand why we spend so much on subsidizing ethanol (while at the same time making food crops more expensive) but we put so little effort into this area. I am definitely NOT a tree hugger but I love this concept. Hope it catches on. I can see why the military would be so interested in a fuel supply that they can have control over. It's well worth the costs to them. Be nice to see this in my vehicle soon.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I said i knew that you are a petrol reseller.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Im interrested to buy near where i live.
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW they gave it a nice name "Solajet" and are selling it. Jet engines can practially run in any fuel. I used domestically grown Vegetable Oil in my Golf for 8 Years. Never failed. I mixed it with E85 and biodiesel so it did not clog at -4 to -10 degree farenheit. In the 1940's there was a campaign: GROW HEMP FOR THE WAR The US should do that again. No fancy names, easy to grow, no need for pesticides, herbicides and fungicides And no concurrency with Food like with corn. You not only get Oil from it, but almost indestructable fibers. Ford had a Hemp car once. Time to get back to the roots. Domestic raw materials and oil. Instead of funding unthankfull terrorists. But I don't want to whine and like the attempt to get off the oil. If it works for the Navy it works for everyone. I once read an article that the Navy is very nervous about peak oil and thus looking for alternatives. Smoke some terrorists with USA made fuel is great.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's just a slap in the face. We're not only going to rain down fiery hell onto you, but we're going to do it without using your oil.

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