Navy and Amyris team on developing jet biofuel

October 6, 2020 |

In California, biosynthetic research is being done in China Lake, California, by Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division and Amyris, Inc. Funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Living Foundries: 1000 Molecules Program, NAWCWD and Amyris’ project starts with specially developed yeast cells and ends with a high-density missile fuel. Through the Living Foundries program, the team at NAWCWD developed a process to convert a complex mixture of biosynthetic hydrocarbons (produced by Amyris) to a high-density missile fuel. This fuel was recently ground-tested in a liquid fuel ramjet test stand, representing a first-of-its-kind demonstration.

BioRenewable-1, the fuel the team produced, has up to 19% higher volumetric energy density than conventional jet fuel. That’s comparable to JP-10, a synthetic fuel currently used to power cruise missiles around the world.

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