U.S. Navy priority to the development of alternative fuels to reduce dependence on foreign energy
According to Navy Times September 30, 2011 Secretary of the Navy reported that the Navy to reduce dependence on foreign fuel sources, the Navy’s top priority. This goal will not change. “Finding alternative energy is not a whim, but to build a more effective fighting force.”
Mabuse said that because oil prices are a long-term trend, the Navy needs to be turned biofuels market. Currently, the average crude oil price is 107 U.S. dollars/barrel.
2009 October, the Navy first announced Mabuse energy goals, the crude oil price of 76 dollars/barrel. If crude oil prices rose $ 1 a barrel, the U.S. will increase by $ 31 million in fuel costs.
Mabuse said the budget uncertainty has reached an unacceptable level, he stressed that the price of unplanned flight hours and training leading to the reduction.
Navy is also facing the engine can be used in existing production of alternative fuel resources challenges. From laboratory and small groups of ideas into commercially viable fuel in the process, there are still difficulties.
up because the oil in the Navy during the more vulnerable, so switching to alternative fuels, more attention tactical reasons. Navy fleet of fuel every 50 arrived in Afghanistan by the Navy, there is one casualty. “This leads to high fuel costs.” (China Shipping Information Centre in Ho)