A new crop of fuels

Published May 27, 2020

The U.S. Navy’s Tomahawk missiles use JP-10 jet fuel, but now the folks at Los Alamos National Labs have a substitute … made from corn.

“We’ve patented a production process that makes JP-10 from domestic renewable feedstocks, such as corn bran,” says biomass conversion chemist Andrew Sutton, “which means we can make our own fuel from start to finish in the United States.”

That’s good for all sorts of reasons: It’s more environmentally friendly to produce, it makes us less reliant on foreign oil, and, of course, it’s renewable.

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