(PRNewswire) Logos Technologies, Inc. recently announced that it has been awarded a prime contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to produce fully compatible jet fuel from cellulose -- the structural component of all plants and algae. Logos scientists estimate that the cellulose waste streams from agriculture, industries and cities could supply a significant amount of U.S. transportation fuel needs with a fossil-fuel substitute that does not introduce additional atmospheric carbon dioxide, does not adversely affect food prices, and offers superior performance and engine compatibility when compared to current bio-fuels.
Logos Technologies CEO, Dr. Greg Poe said, “While fully compatible jet fuel produced from cellulose offers many advantages over other sources, its production demands more complicated processing than do current bio-fuel production approaches. An important focus of the DARPA effort is to produce fuel at a cost that is attractive, relative to other renewable alternatives. It’s a goal that can be achieved better with our process, which can also produce diesel fuel and automotive gasoline.”
Logos' current effort is valued at $19.6 million. If all phases of the development program are completed, funding could grow to up to $35 million. The project team of 21 organizations from nine states will be managed at Logos' process integration laboratory in northern Virginia.