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Solazyme’s Algae-Derived BioDiesel Passes Defense Departments Cold Weather Testing

Posted in Alt Fuels, Car Tech, Diesel, Emissions, Videos by will bee | April 17th, 2008 | 5 Responses |

In a recent news release from Solazyme and as reported at this years Worldwide Energy and Trade Show yesterday, their algae-derived biodiesel has passed its Department of Defense cold weather testing. To demonstrate the performance and readiness of their product an unmodified Ford F-450 diesel was driven by former Director of the CIA, James Woolsey, to the conference fueled by Solazyme’s biodiesel.

Testing of Solazyme’s biodiesel was ordered by the Department of Defense and performed by the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI). Their conclusion proved that Solazyme’s product performed much better than any other biodiesel that has been tested in cold climates. That is good news for a military force with bases all over the world in all climates who is under a directive to substantially decrease its own dependency on foreign petroleum. Not only is the Algae BioDiesel usable in the F-450, but also in all military diesel fueled engines and can also be converted into Jet Fuel.

Check out Solazyme’s video after the leap

Solazyme suggests that their algae biodiesel out-performs ordinary petroleum derived diesels in the engine, but that has yet to be tested. However, the obvious and most glaring benefit of Solazyme’s process is that their algae biodiesel can be used in ordinary diesel engines without modification. Due to its cold weather performance no heaters are required to keep the fuel in its liquid state or to maintain its consistency. Solazyme’s biodiesel also meets the requirements and standards of both US and European grade diesel.

As we have stated in prior articles here, the renewable properties, speed of production, and the fact that algae derived biodiesel production has no effect on our food supplies makes this product the best and quickest solution to our quest for an alternative fuel. Adding that it performs to spec in ordinary diesels and is grown and manufactured right here in the US does not hurt its case either.

 Two things to note from the video you are about to watch. First, when they pour Solazyme’s biodiesel from the barrel it still makes that oily “glup” sound just like petroleum derived oil (that seemed of scientific importance… or just amusing). Second, in a taste-test, Solazyme’s biodiesel tastes just like Corn Oil (so you can fuel your car with it or use it to make Won Ton’s… multi-purpose fuel indeed).

Source[Solazymevia Jalopnik]

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5 Responses

  1. jordan says:

    Is it just me, or is this huge news? Sounds like they’re jumping the hurdles. Things I don’t know: What about the emissions? Will they still make me gag like current diesel emissions?

  2. will bee says:

    You are correct, Jordan, it IS huge news.
    There are a number of companies in a race to get their Algae derived fuels to the market and that competition will be good for all of us waiting on a great and viable alternative to petroleum fuels.

    Also, as we have stated before, today’s diesel engines and todays low-sulfar diesel fuel is far cleaner than the soot-spewing diesels of old. The natural oils produced from the algea will burn much cleaner as well and will greatly reduce our carbon output if and when it makes it to the pumps.

  3. jordan says:

    Yeah, but will it be stinky?

  4. Aileen says:

    Yet another timely post about something very cool! Keep it up, people are beginning to wake up to the fact that running their vehicles on blood is probably not the best idea humans ever came up with.

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