WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The U.S. Department of the Navy and Purdue University signed a statement of cooperation Thursday (May 8), 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 in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. The document spells out how the Big Ten research 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 warfighting force."
Mabus also noted the statement of cooperation will benefit more than just Purdue and the Department of 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.
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