WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The U.S. Department of Navy and
Purdue University signed a statement of cooperation, agreeing to work together
to convert up to half of the Navy and Marine Corps’ energy consumption to
alternative sources, including biofuels, by 2020.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels and U.S. Secretary of the
Navy Ray Mabus signed the agreement during a ceremony May 8 in Stewart Center’s
The document spells out how the university will work with
the Navy to help meet several alternative energy and environmental targets Mabus
first laid out in 2009.
“The Department of the Navy and Purdue have a deep interest
in working together to reduce reliance on carbon-based fuels and energy
sources,” Mabus said. “Not only does this help decrease our dependence on fossil
fuel, it makes our Navy and Marine Corps a better war-fighting force.”
Mabus also noted the statement of cooperation will benefit
more than just Purdue and the Navy.
“By working together to achieve our energy goals, a
partnership between the Navy and Purdue will help us maximize our reach,
maintain our global presence, and make our Navy and Marine Corps more combat
capable. In short, we as a Navy and we as a nation will have an edge. Teaming up
with research centers is an important part of maintaining the strength of the
partnership between our Navy and the American people,” he said.
Through this agreement, Purdue and the Navy and Marine Corps
will examine efforts designed to improve energy conservation, renewable-energy
generation and the implementation of energy-efficient technologies in all areas
of application, Daniels said.
“Together, the Navy and Purdue will focus on promoting more
efficient production and refinement of advanced biofuels and sharing and
discussing the results of testing and demonstration projects involving the
certification of advanced alternative fuels in aviation and marine engines,” he
“We also will pursue agricultural and other biobased
feedstocks that will ensure the most economically viable production of advanced
In addition, Purdue will establish the Purdue Military
Research Initiative, an annual, no-cost graduate education for up to 10
active-duty officers across all branches of the U.S. military. Areas of study
will include renewable energy, alternative fuels and energy technologies.
Mabus was appointed secretary in May 2009. Immediately he
set a goal aimed at ensuring that, by no later than 2020, the Navy and Marine
Corps would obtain at least 50 percent of their energy from alternative sources.