The US Navy has successfully demonstrated Solazyme’s 100% algal-derived jet fuel, SolajetHRJ-5, in an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter test flight in a 50/50 blend with petroleum-derived jet fuel.

The test flight marks the first military aircraft to fly on an algal-based jet fuel and also reinforces navy’s commitment to securing nation’s energy supply.

The microbial-derived advanced aviation and marine fuels are being developed as replacements to petroleum-based fuel without any need for modification to engines or military logistics infrastructure.

The demonstration has preceded the formal approval, expected in July, by ASTM International to blend biofuel from algae and other renewable sources with traditional jet fuel on commercial flights worldwide.