During the next year, EcoTrek will exhibit our low-profile (aerodynamic) Work-and-Play brand display trailer, along with several “eco” exhibits, at over 20 Blue Angel Air shows and other community events. Photos on this trailer show different projects that the military is executing that involve renewable fuels. These photos follow…
An F/A-18F Super Hornet, dubbed the “Green Hornet,” conducts a supersonic test flight. The aircraft is fueled with a 50/50 blend of biofuel and conventional fuel. The test, conducted at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., drew hundreds of onlookers, including Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who has made research, development, and increased use of alternative fuels a priority for the Department of the Navy.
Lt. Cmdr. Frank Kim, fuel officer for Naval Supply Systems Command, Fleet Logistics Center San Diego, compares sample bottles of traditional diesel fuel marine and an algae-derived alternative fuel during the Navy’s largest shipboard alternative fuel test at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego. The fuel department of Naval Supply Systems Command, Fleet Logistics Center San Diego loaded the Self Defense Test Ship with 20,000 gallons of the alternative fuel for the demonstration.
A Navy “Energy Security” logo is displayed on the intake of an F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels. The Blue Angels flew using a 50/50 blend of biofuel petroleum during the Naval Air Station Patuxent River Air Expo Sept. 3 and 4. EcoTrek is working to enable the Blue Angels to perfom using this blend during upcoming events.
NASA’s Helios prototype aircraft was a proof of concept solar-electric powered flying wing that reached an unofficial world-record altitute for a non-rocket powered aircraft of 96,863 feet. While the Helios was successful in its history-making first flight, excessive turbulence caused its light-weight structure to fall apart in its subsequent flight. However, its design has captured the imagination of new engineers working on emission-free flight.
Sailors assigned to Riverine Group 1 conduct maneuvers aboard Riverine Command Boat (Experimental) (RCB-X) at Naval Station Norfolk. The RCB-X is powered by an alternative fuel blend of 50 percent algae-based and 50 percent NATO F-76 fuels to support the secretary of the Navy’s efforts to reduce total energy consumption on naval ships.
Sailors and Marines man the rails aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island as the ship departs San Diego on a regularly scheduled deployment in support of the Navy’s Maritime Strategy. This will be the maiden deployment for Makin Island, the Navy’s newest amphibious assault ship and the only U.S. Navy ship with a hybrid electric propulsion system. By using this unique propulsion system, the Navy expects to see fuel savings of more than $250 million during the ship’s lifecycle, proving the Navy’s commitment to energy awareness and conservation.
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 Osprey lifts off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River during a successful biofuel test flight. The tilt-rotor aircraft flew at altitudes of up to 25,000 feet on a 50-50 blend of camelina based biofuel and standard petroleum based JP-5 fuel