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Algae Used to Make ”Green” Energy April 21, 2008

Posted by OldGuy in Alternatives, biodiesel.
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On Tuesday, April 15, the US Department of Defense (DoD), demonstrated a new formulation of biodiesel from Solazyme. The Southwest Research Institute (SWRI) verified that Solazyme’s Soladiesel “has superior cold weather properties to any commercially available biodiesel.” That makes it ideal for military uses where cold weather climates would prevent use of other forms of biodiesel.

What makes Soladiesel unique is that Solazyme makes it from oils derived from algae, and the fuel is good enough to exceed both the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) biodiesel standard D6751 and EN 14214, the European standard. This ensures that Soladiesel can safely run in any existing diesel engine.

The technology BioDiesel University, part of the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, was used to demonstrate Solazyme’s biofuel at the 2008 Worldwide Energy Conference & Trade Show, sponsored by the Defense Energy Support Center (DESC), being held April 14 – 16 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA (DC). . A 2008 Ford F450 was used to showcase the technology, running on Soladiesel in its original, factory-standard diesel engine with no modifications.

“Solazyme’s crude algal oils can be blended with petroleum crude in existing oil refineries and are also optimal for refining into biodiesel, renewable diesel and jet fuel,” said R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence and Under -Secretary of the Navy, who drove the truck to the conference. “Therefore we anticipate helping to diversify and decentralize the geographic sources of oil, thus making oil supplies more secure. In addition, Solazyme’s oil has a clear, fast path to market because the algal oil was developed for use within the existing trillion dollar energy infrastructure.”

Sources: Forbes Magazine and Solazyme, Inc.

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