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NW Biodiesel Network Monthly Meeting

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Event Location: 
Seattle Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States

Biofuel Use in the Military

The US Military is a big consumer of energy, using 117 million barrels (or 320 thousand barrels per day) in 2006. They, more than most, understand that we need to find alternatives to our dependence on petroleum. The NW region has been using B20 for ten years!

Alternative energy is a top priority for DARPA, the military research branch whose research and innovation led to the development of the Internet. The Strategic Technology Office, part of DARPA, states that:

“The Defense Department has been directed to explore a wide range of energy alternatives and fuel efficiency efforts in a bid to reduce the military's reliance on oil to power its aircraft, ground vehicles and non-nuclear ships. The goal of the BioFuels program is to develop an affordable and highly efficient alternative process of converting crop oil to a JP-8 surrogate.” http://www.darpa.mil/sto/programs/biofuels/

The NW Biodiesel Network is pleased to present Ray Akins, a Transportation Specialist for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) to discuss Military use of Biofuels. Join us to learn about the military’s use of biofuels, why they are a leader in the use of biofuels, and where we are headed in this critical area.

Get your questions answered! 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Seattle Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle WA 98103. Cost is Free. Information at www.nwbiodiesel.org/.

About Our Speaker
Ray Akins is a Transportation Specialist for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest, Base Support Vehicles and Equipment (BSVE) Core, whose mission is to provide full support to the U.S. Navy installations around the world. From basic utility requirements to advance energy solutions, simple facility service calls to complex facility management services, standard transportation to heavy construction equipment. The BSVE provides central management of automotive and civil engineering support equipment. The NW region has been using B20 for almost 10 years with great success. For example, BSVE has been using biodiesel fuel in 2 of its tanks and will be using biodiesel fuel in its 3rd tank in the near future.

Ray is a 3rd generation diesel/truck mechanic and has worked as a Seabee mechanic in the U.S. Navy. Before assuming the position with NAVFAC in Washington, he served in the same capacity in Germany and Italy.

Location

Seattle Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
United States