Department of Defense Trialed Biosynthetic Technologies’ Biobased Motor Oil in a Demonstration.
Before biobased motor oils can be fully implemented by the DoD and federal agencies, their performance needed to be proven to meet government requirements and end-user needs. The project team coordinated with DoD and federal agency personnel for data collection during the approximate 18 month demonstration period.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Aviation in coordination with the Air Force Research Laboratory – Advanced Power Technology Office (AFRL – APTO) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment (OASD(S)) established a pilot demonstration project to evaluate synthetic biobased motor oil for use in non-tactical Department of Defense (DoD) and federal agency vehicles. The integration of renewable, biobased motor oils (minimum of 25% biobased content) will provide a sustainable alternative and reduce dependency on foreign oil while providing new markets for domestically produced agricultural products.
The Biosynthetic Technologies’ biobased synthetic motor oils have the American Petroleum Institute (API) certification and are derived from renewable base oils and offer drop-in compatibility. The candidate biobased motor oils were demonstrated in vehicles at installations and facilities representing various climate conditions and vehicle duty cycles of the Military Departments and federal agencies. Oils samples were taken periodically from the demonstration vehicles for analysis. The demonstrated biobased full synthetic motor oils were found to meet or exceed the DoD and federal agencies’ performance requirements. Sustainable products will provide mission support and enhance operational readiness. This successful pilot facilitated the establishment of new National Stock Numbers (NSNs) for the sustainable/biobased products, making them available for DoD and federal agency procurement.
The DoD installations and Federal Agency facilities participating in the demonstration include:
- Air Force: Fairchild Air Force Base (AFB); Luke AFB, Malmstrom AFB; and Seymour-Johnson AFB
- Army: Fort Irwin
- Navy: Naval Air Station Lemoore
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC)
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): Kennedy Space Center, Langley Research Center, Armstrong Flight Research Center and White Sands Test Facility
- United States Postal Service (USPS)
- The USAF 441st Vehicle Support Chain Operations Squadron (VSCOS) provided access to AF vehicles in various climate regions
Biosynthetic® Technologies is extremely proud to have received the approval from such notable institutions for its biobased synthetic motor oils! Exceeding the DoD and other federal agencies’ performance requirements with renewable, biobased motor oil is a testament to the hard work of our Biosynthetic Technologies’ scientists! Their hard work has paid off and now there is a sustainable alternative motor oil that will meet the highest performance standards!
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