Cobalt Technologies has signed a cooperative research and development agreement with the US Navy to develop technology for the conversion of biobutanol into full performance jet and diesel fuels.

Under the agreement, n-biobutanol produced by Cobalt will be converted to bio-jet and biodiesel fuels using technology developed at the US Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) in China Lake, California.

The result will be a complete substitute for military and civilian jet fuel, meeting all applicable specifications, Cobalt said.

Cobalt CEO Rick Wilson said that with the company’s front end for producing renewable n-butanol and the NAWCWD’s technology for converting n-butanol into jet fuel, it can offer a complete process that directly addresses the military’s green fuels mandate.

Cobalt is engaged in commercializing biobutanol as a renewable chemical and fuel.