Navy Conducts Final Tests on ARA, Chevron Lummus Co-Developed Renewable Diesel

biofuelThe Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division has completed final phase tests of an Applied Research Associates and Chevron Lummus Global co-developed 100 percent drop-in renewable diesel fuel on a U.S. Navy Self Defense Test Ship.

ARA said Friday the ReadiDiesel 100-percent renewable biofuel was designed to serve as a drop-in replacement for petroleum F-76 marine diesel in support of the service branch’s MILSPEC qualification program.

“Our goal remains to be able to provide an alternative, unblended renewable fuel that increases our nation’s energy security at prices competitive with petroleum,” said Chuck Red, ARA vice president of fuels development.

“We look forward to the opportunity to work with our Navy partners to support their operational needs,” Red added.

ARA noted the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Energy Office, Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Defense Logistics Agency, NSWC PHD and NSWC Philadelphia Division have contributed to the performance of the project.

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