Pentagon Awards Biofuel R&D Contract to General Atomics

DARPA, the Pentagon’s R&D funding agency, yesterday awarded a $19.5 million contract to privately held General Atomics of San Diego to make jet fuel from algae and cellulosic feedstocks. Work on developing JP-8 grade biofuel will be done at General Atomics and UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Arizona State University, Blue Sun Biodiesel of Golden, CO, Martek Biosciences in Boulder, CO, Texas A&M, UOP of Des Plains, IL, Hawaii Bio Energy, Honolulu, the University of North Dakota’s Energy and Environment Research Center and Utah State.

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