Alternative Energy

Biofuels
General Atomics is involved in research and development of the microalgae technology necessary for our country to transition away from hydrocarbon oil imports toward an economy based on renewable, sustainable and secure biofuels derived from totally U.S.-grown microalgae.

Vitracycle
Military bases generate a large quantity of material that is sent off-base as waste. These materials could be used for power generation; however, the current technology for conversion of waste to power (incineration) generates pollutants such as dioxins and furans, acid gases, and hazardous particulates.

MISER
General Atomics was awarded a contract to develop and build a solid waste-to-energy converter under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Mobile Integrated Sustainable Energy Recovery (MISER) program.

Battlefield Plastic Waste to Energy
General Atomics (GA), along with West Central Cooperative (West Central), was awarded a contract for design, construction, and developmental testing of a biofuel system designed to recover energy from plastics associated with "battlefield clutter".

Renewable Energy Power Conversion
High-power inverters designed and manufactured by GA's Electromagnetic Systems Group play a key role in converting the energy captured by distributed renewable energy power plants, such as wind turbines, into high-quality power for the electric utility grid.

High-Torque/Low-Speed Motor-Generation for Wind Turbines
GA is in the early stages of designing high-torque/low-speed motors and generators based on advanced permanent magnet technologies.