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Soladiesel Algae Fuel
It’s imperative that we stay on the lookout for alternative sources for our energy needs. Since it’s not likely that we are going to give up our vehicles we keep trying to find better ways to fuel them. Soladiesel algae fuel may be a viable answer.
Algae can be harvested and processed to produce a biofuel. When it is burned it releases CO2 like other fossil fuels. What makes it different is that unlike other biofuels it takes it’s CO2 from the air around it. In this way it would be even more of a benefit.
Two companies opted to work together to see if Soladiesel algae fuel would be welcomed by the general public. Propel fuels and Solazyme have created a test-run, in California to see how consumers would respond to having access to algae-based fuel available for use in their vehicles. Solazyme has already been providing fuels to the American Navy with success.
Propel Fuels (www.propelfuels.com) has its headquarters in Redwood City, CA. They have built a network of filling stations that provide low-carbon fuels and clean mobility solutions for Americans. They have aimed to lowering our dependence on foreign oil.
Solazyme (www.solazyme.com) aim to transform a range of low cost plant based sugars into high-value oils. Their headquarters are in Southern San Francisco. They aim to have their products used in three main areas; fuels and chemicals, nutrition and skin and personal care.
These two companies have teamed up to provide an option to Americans that may help reduce our need for foreign oil. They did a test run at Propels fuel stations in California. The outcome was a positive one. It was a 30 day retail pilot program. Consumers seemed pleased with the option of using Soladiesel algae fuel. They didn’t seem to mind that it may cost a little more at the pump per gallon. It would provide an 85-93% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, according to Life Cycle Associates, an independent greenhouse gas measurement firm.
The two companies aren’t ready to speculate or make any promises. They are still figuring out their next move. But it does appear, at first look, as very promising.