Industrial Base Assessment of Alternative Fuels for Military Use
UNIVERSAL TECHNOLOGY CORP DAYTON OH
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This study was initiated to assess the industrial base capability to support DOD and DND alternative aviation fuel initiatives. The current nature of the alternative fuel industry required looking globally to ascertain capabilities and potential trends. The study identifies significant advances in the development, refinement, and actual application of several alternative fuel generation methods in countries other than the U.S. and Canada. Further, high levels of government planning, investment, and active support is present. The study focused on industrial capability for alternative fuel technology worldwide. Specific emphasis was placed on military needs, and more specifically on military aircraft requirements. Particular attention was placed on the Coal to Liquid CTL and Gas to Liquid GTL processes. The approach used included review of existing reports, analyses, and technical documents, and contact with involved government agencies, commercial firms, industry associations, and recognized subject matter experts. It is important to understand that the entire subject area of alternative energy is complex and extremely dynamic. This report is a snapshot in time. What is true today may well not be true tomorrow. Technological maturity, economic conditions, competing political interests, and changing environmental policiesconcerns directly impact current and projected alternative fuel projects. Current U.S. activity is significantly constrained by existing legislation and the uncertain nature of pending legislation.
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