ICRC to support Fischer-Tropsch fuel tests

Feb. 15, 2008 at 2:20 AM

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Virginia-based Integrated Concepts and Research Corp. announced it has been subcontracted to support the U.S. Air Force Advanced Power Technology Office.

ICRC, a subsidiary of VSE Corp., is a technical and management services company. Under a two-year, $1.38 million subcontract with Concurrent Technologies Corp., ICRC will provide technical support for the testing of Fischer-Tropsch ultra-clean fuel blended with conventional petroleum-derived JP-8 for diesel engines.

Officials say the Fischer-Tropsch fuel testing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan is part of the defense assured fuels initiative to eventually use the fuel in virtually all military equipment in future decades.

"One of the main advantages of F-T fuel is that it can be produced using U.S. domestic resources like natural gas, coal, and biomass," Carl Williams, ICRC president, said in a statement. "The use of F-T fuels can potentially reduce our dependency on foreign sources of energy," the release said.

"ICRC is committed to finding alternative fuel, and we are excited to be a part of this research and demonstration project. We have assembled a project management team that possesses technical and managerial experience in military operations to facilitate alternative fuels research."

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