Harmon - Air Force

Report
Aeronautical Systems Center
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USAF Alternative Fuels Certification
Program
AFPEO/Agile Combat Support
Alternative Fuels Certification Division
Points of Contact:
Mr. Jeffrey Braun
(937) 656-8950
Ms. Beatriz Rodriguez
(937) 656-8949
Ms. Yadira Ayala-Marrero (937) 656-8931
31 May 2012
Distribution Statement A: Approved for Public Release 88ABW-2011-6367
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Overview
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Background & USAF Alternative Fuels Certification Goals
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Current Status
 Fischer-Tropsch (FT)
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Hydroprocessed Renewable Jet (HRJ)
Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ)
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USAF Alternative Fuel
Goals
Early 2011 Certification Goal
Certify entire AF Fleet to use a 50/50 SynFuel blend
2016 Acquisition Goal
Cost competitively acquire 50% of Air Force's domestic aviation
fuel requirement via alternative fuel blends in which the alternative
component is derived from domestic sources produced in a manner
that is greener than fuels produced from conventional petroleum
400 million gallons of “Alternative” Fuel
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Fuel Certification Scope
Vehicles & GSE
 Support Equipment
performance & durability
Aircraft
 Airworthiness
 Material Compatibility
 Propulsion
Logistics & Infrastructure
 Filtration (coalescer tests)
 50/50 Blending & Distribution
Environmental, Safety, & Occupational
Health (ESOH)
 Toxicology
 Environmental Risk Assessment
 Ground Fire Protection
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Alt Fuels Cert Division
Fischer-Tropsch
(FT)
Certification Program
Status
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FT-Blend Assessment
Conclusions
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No materials compatibility issues determined
 Engine test performance & operability equivalent to
JP-8 baseline
 No in-flight performance or operability differences
noted by aircrews
 No impacts to toxicity or infrastructure
 Most USAF systems tested; all USAF systems certified
 ASTM specification approved authorizing FT-blend for
all commercially certified systems – 1 Sep 09
 JP-8 Specification (MIL-DTL-83133G) revised
authorizing FT-blend for all USAF systems - 30 Apr 10
 Program complete
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Alt Fuels Cert Division
Hydroprocessed
Renewable Jet
(HRJ)
Certification
Program Status
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HRJ-Blend Certification
Status
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Hydro-Processed Renewable Jet (HRJ) Blend
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“Pathfinder” Strategy – Evaluate only fleet-wide representative,
or most challenging systems
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Certify remaining fleet by similarity
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A-10, F-15, C-17, F-16, MQ-9, RQ-4, C-130 & F-22 demonstrated
HRJ blend ops
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No significant performance of functional differences noted
relative to JP-8
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90% of the fleet certified
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Certification activities on-track for FY13 completion
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Field Service Evaluation completed for the F-16 to evaluate
longer term impacts of HRJ-blend use (~100Kgal of blend)
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Additional HRJ
Evaluations
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Non-aircraft-related evaluations
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Toxicity and Environmental Safety and Occupational Health
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Support Equipment and Vehicles
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Fuel handling and storage infrastructure
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Ground Fire Protection
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Alternative Fuels Certification Office
Hydro-processed Renewable Jet (HRJ)
Certification Schedule
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Alt Fuel Cert Division
Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ)
Certification
Program Overview
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Alt Fuels Certification
ATJ Strategy
 Phase 1 – Approved Feasibility Demonstration
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Validate ATJ as viable pathway; bridge “producibility” gap
 Perform materials & sub-system evaluations
 Dedicated engine test completed
 A-10 aircraft flight test scheduled for Jun 2012
 Phase 2 – Follow up w/accelerated USAF certification
 Decision to proceed depends on success of Phase 1
 Similar to HRJ effort
 Dedicated “Pathfinders” & engine testing
 Majority of fleet by similarity
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Summary
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JP-8/SPK (Fischer Tropsch) Certification Program
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FT fuel blend performs just like JP-8
MIL-DTL-83133G revision allows unrestricted usage for USAF
 “Drop-in” primary fuel for aircraft, engines, GSE, & infrastructure
Biomass-Derived Fuel (HRJ) Program
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A-10, F-15, C-17, F-16, MQ-9, RQ-4, C-130 & F-22 successfully
demonstrated operations
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90% of the fleet fully certified
 HRJ fuel blend performs just like JP-8
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Alcohol-to-Jet (ATJ) Program- Feasibility Demo approved; FY11/12
effort underway
On Track to Meet USAF Synthetic Fuel Goals
Gaining efficiencies through interaction with DoD,
inter-agency, industry, academia, and allied efforts
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Contact Issue
 Individual Producers Contacting Bases
 Bases do not have authority to contract
fuel
purchases. DLA Energy is the Executive
Agency for purchasing fuel for USAF use.
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Questions?
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