Air Force facility in Ohio to aid fuel research

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Posted: Nov 10, 2009 5:31 PM

Construction is starting on a new $2.5 million facility at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base that will allow the military to create its own fuel for research aimed at producing alternatives for powering military aircraft.

The new facility in Dayton will be able to make 15 to 25 gallons of fuel a day from coal and biomass materials rather than waiting for industry to supply alternative fuels for Air Force testing.

Officials call the facility one-of-a-kind and say it will dramatically enhance the Air Force's current fuels research capabilities.

The commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory says the research is being done in collaboration with the University of Dayton Research Institute, other military branches, the state of Ohio and the Department of Energy.