Diesel produced from algae is potentially the greenest biofuel available. In terms of energy produced per acre of land, algae biodiesel outperforms plant crop biodieselby more than a factor of 10. Compared to soy biodiesel, algae is more than 100 times as efficient a method for fuel production.
But will it run in my vehicle?
Soladiesel is an algae-derived diesel produced by Solazyme, Inc. In recent testing, Soladiesel passed American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D-975 specifications as well as the new ASTM ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) standards. That is the standard used for "diesel fuel oils suitable for various types of diesel engines."
The fuel's chemical composition is identical to that of standard petroleum based diesel, and Soladiesel is fully compatible with the existing transportation fuel infrastructure. Having fewer particulate emissions, Soladiesel also has a more desirable environmental footprint than standard petro-diesel.
But where can I get it for my vehicle?
That still seems to be a few years in the offing, although the Solazyme press release did include the statement from Jonathan Wolfson, chief executive officer of Solazyme: "Solazyme's leadership in the green fuels space will continue to grow as we now execute on our strategy for commercial launch." They will have some competition with Sapphire, and Green Fuel Technologies and PetroSun might beat them to the punch. But hopefully this will simply breed ever more efficient, cleaner biofuels.
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