New jet fuel on the way

July 26, 2011 at 6:49 AM
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HOUSTON, July 26 (UPI) -- A Texas bio-energy company has been awarded a contract to design a more economical and renewable jet fuel for the U.S. military.

Terrabon, Inc. said the award from Logos Technologies is for 18 months and is worth $9.6 million.

Started in April, a customized production process for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will be engineered, constructed and operated at Terrabon's Bryan, Texas, demonstration facility in an effort to yield 1,585 gallons of jet fuel through the use of the company's advanced bio-refining technology MixAlco.

"An important focus of this DARPA effort is to produce a sustainable, cost-effective, non-fossil-fuel-based solution to support the military's jet fuel needs," said Logos Technologies Chief Executive Officer Greg Poe.

"We thoroughly reviewed many potential processes and solutions for this initiative, and came to the conclusion that this goal can best be achieved with help of Terrabon and their mixed alcohol oligomerization pathway, MixAlco."

MixAlco converts low-cost, readily available, non-food, non-sterile biomass into valuable chemicals, such as acetic acid, ketones and alcohols that can be processed into renewable fuels.

"Our country continues to be in need of finding alternative energy solutions to one day achieve independence from foreign resources," Terrabon Chief Executive Officer Gary Luce said. "This project is a major milestone along that journey for DARPA, Logos and Terrabon, and further validates the market demand for companies like ours to assist the government in the creation of innovative and cost-effective biofuel technologies to produce green jet fuel and other hydrocarbons."

Terrabon, Inc. was established in 1995 to commercialize three technologies developed by the Texas Engineering Experiment Station, a member of the Texas A&M University System.

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