The Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest single user of energy in the U.S., accounting for almost one percent of total U.S. energy consumption with approximately one-half of this energy consumption in the form of jet fuel — approximately 250,000 barrels per day.
Now the DoD is examining alternative fuels including coal-to-liquids (CTL) technology, a technology that has been used since the 1920s. The South African government used this technology to obtain fuel during the embargoes imposed by countries in opposition to apartheid.
The DoD and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) have partnered with Arcadis-Malcolm Pirnie and Avetec to assemble a team of “subject matter experts” from the federal Department of Energy, Harvard University, MIT, University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, Yale University.
Environmentalists have expressed concerns about the large amount of carbon dioxide released by conversion. In response the team is seeking experts in carbon capture, sequestration and reuse.