Solazyme and the Future of Fuel

With gas prices in the US on the rise there is growing interest in alternative fuels. Solazyme a small California company may have an answer. Solazyme uses microalgae to make oil that can be refined into fuel for many different types of vehicles including jets, land vehicles and naval ships. In 2010 the US Navy conducted a power test using a 50/50 blend of Solazyme microalgae bio-fuel and NATO F76 fuel in a United States Navy Riverine Command Boat as part of the Navy’s Green Fleet effort. By taking advantage of microalgae ability to turn sugars into oil Solazyme is able to use non-food based feedstock  like switch grass, wood chips and other waste stream biomass to produce its finished fuel product. One of the advantages of microalgae bio-fuel is that much of the worlds current fossil fuel oil infrastructure can continue to be used for refining, transportation and storage. Pipelines, tanker trucks and storage tanks that store conventional oil could just as easily store microalgae bio-fuel.
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