No Petroleum Required - World’s First: Navy Flies EA-18G Growler Fueled by ARA’s 100% Renewable Jet Fuel


The US Navy flew the world’s first military jet flight using 100-percent renewable jet fuel on September 1, 2016 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. An EA-18G Growler, powered by ReadiJet® (CHCJ-5), 100% renewable jet fuel produced by Applied Research Associates (ARA), completed the historic flight, as a part of the Navy’s military specification (MILSPEC) certification for the fuel’s operational use. “Initial results from the test flight showed that our CHCJ-5 performed just like petroleum JP-5. That is exactly what we expected because the chemical composition, physical properties, and energy content of our fuel are nearly identical to its petroleum counterpart," said Ed Coppola, ARA’s Lead Engineer.

ARA and Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) developed the process for producing the fuels based on ARA’s patented Catalytic Hydrothermolysis (CH) process and CLG’s market-leading hydroprocessing technology.   ARA and Chevron Lummus Global are currently engineering the first commercial-scale Biofuels ISOCONVERSION facility. The 5,000 barrel-per-day facility will produce renewable diesel, jet fuel, and naphtha from ultra-low carbon intensity waste oil feedstocks.

"We are continuing to take important, deliberate steps toward our goal of commercial scale production of 100 percent drop-in diesel and jet fuel from waste oils at prices competitive with their petroleum counterparts. ARA invested in the research and development of our renewable fuels starting in 2006. We did it because we recognized the value of this world-changing technology, and on September 1st, we made history.”—Glen McDonald, ARA Senior Vice President. 

Read the full release (11-17-16):

100% Biofuel Navy Flight

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