Energy beet study finds U.S. Navy best potential customer for alcohol-to-jetfuel product

September 16, 2017 |

In Washington, DC, Advanced Biofuels USA reports that their USDA-funded feasibility study based on 2016 energy beet project at University of Maryland Eastern Shore finds Navy solicitation is best market for economic viability of project. The study asked with Norfolk and Mid-Atlantic international airports in the area, could Maryland’s Eastern Shore, part of the Delmarva (Delaware, Maryland, Virginia) Peninsula, develop an economically viable sustainable alternative jetfuel (SAJF) supply and production chain to serve these markets?

The study determined that on the Delmarva it is economically possible for energy beets to be grown and processed into advanced ethanol as a stand-alone product for motor transportation or as a feedstock for renewable jetfuel to meet the needs of the US Navy at Norfolk while complementing, not disrupting existing agricultural industries and possibly providing environmental benefits and poultry feed co-products. Alternative markets for commercial aviation biofuel or for ethanol as feedstock for chemical production should give investors and growers confidence as they consider developing a new industry in this area.

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