Defense Production Act
Title III

Advanced Drop-In Biofuels Production Project (ADBPP)

applicable to airapplicable to landapplicable to seaapplicable to space
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Project Status: Current


The goal of this project is to establish one or more complete domestic value chains capable of producing drop-in replacement biofuels. Biofuels will be delivered to the DoD fully blended with conventional petroleum product counterparts JP-5, JP-8 and/or F-76 requiring no modifications to existing infrastructure.

The contemplated effort will include the design, construction, validation, qualification and operation of one or more domestic commercial-scale Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprises (IBPE) that meet a target of at least 10 million gallons per year neat biofuel production capacity. The IBPE will be capable of producing drop-in liquid transportation fuels targeted for military operational use, and as such, must be approved and certified MILSPEC equivalents.

The project is being executed in two phases:

  1. Phase 1: Planning and Preliminary Design
  2. Phase 2: Construction, Commissioning and Performance Testing

PA # 88ABW-2014-3536

Contractor Information

Natures BioReserve, LLC

Emerald Biofuels, LLC

Fulcrum Brighton Biofuels, LLC

Red Rock Biofuels, LLC
Lakeview, OR

Contract Details

  • Date of Contract Award: June 01, 2014
  • Total Contract Value: $42,478,768.00
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Applications & Benefits

It is of strategic importance to diversify U.S. energy sources in order to achieve energy security and increase environmental stewardship. The U.S. military's lack of diversified fuel options could negatively impact mission capabilities if crude oil supplies were disrupted. Biomass-derived jet fuel, using a domestic, renewable feedstock provides a secure, more environmentally friendly fuel/energy alternative that reduces the risks associated with crude oil dependency. Supporting this risk reduction, both the Navy and Air Force have established aggressive energy strategy goals and objectives. Published Navy strategy requires the Service to reduce fossil fuel based petroleum by one-half in 2020. The Air Force plans to increase use of cost-competitive drop-in alternative aviation fuel blends for non-contingency operations to 50% of total consumption by 2025.

Activities & Accomplishments

  • Four Phase 1 Technology Investment Agreements (TIA) Awarded in May & 2013
  • Phase 1 Schedule A Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Packages and initial Permitting activities completed; Environmental Assessment efforts in process
  • Phase 2 proposals submitted; technical evaluations leading to Phase 2 awards underway