Sunday, November 25, 2012

Californians can now fill up on algae-based biodiesel

Californians can now fill up on algae-based biodiesel

Paul A. Eisenstein,
No, you can not simply the Green foam forms on your swimming pool into the gas tank, pump, but can drivers in the San Francisco area fill now derived on the new biofuel from algae.

There are many supporters, the search replace for ways to oil with renewable fuels, although some alternatives, such as ethanol made from corn, under fire, especially in the wake of last summer nationwide drought came. But the bio-fuel system-based Solazyme, Inc. developed by South San Francisco do not tap on the food supply.

"We have a stake in the ground, put," Matt Horton, Chief Executive Officer of propel said that supplies of the fuel at four stations in the vicinity of San Francisco and want the distribution fuels as follows in California expand on "Hundreds of stations."

The algae-based fuel known as B20, d. petrodiesel blend 80% and 20% biofuel h.. 100% Biodiesel in a conventional vehicle without use and change the performance or reduction in the life of a diesel engine for this is usually the maximum drivers at a public gas station - although they pass company officials.

The biggest problem would be to price because of bio-fuel costs currently longer than the stuff to produce refined petroleum. The first four stations were $4.25 per gallon, about the same as standard diesel fuel in the San Francisco area charge.

The debut is months, part of a pilot program although it is clear that Solazyme and propel marketing remains the biofuel, when customers would agree.

Scientists around the world are looking for ways to replace oil with alternatives, which could prove, clean, renewable, and, if possible, cheaper. The most commonly available biofuel is ethanol, alcohol, which can be used in many late model cars in a mixture of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline. It also serves as an additive in conventional gasoline in many parts of the country, when even at much lower concentrations.

Significant debate over ethanol has taken place, but one of the biggest concerns is that most on corn to leave the fuel production facilities. Indeed who can environmental protection agency current mandates because of lack of maize during the last summer drought without.

Proponents would like to relocate by ethanol for the food warehouse on so-called cellulosic ethanol, the composed of a variety of alternative stocks of grain chaff to waste paper. The ramp-up of cellulosic ethanol has been slow however. And in general consumers rush to ethanol pumps, regardless of its source, despite low prices, subsidized failed.

The sponsors hope that most motorists will not care, where comes from the B20 - with the exception of those who would prefer to find a supply of diesel, at least in part based on renewable energies.

A number of companies invest in the production of algae-based fuel, including Solray energy and Aquaflow Bionomic Corporation, from New Zealand. Are experimenting with different alternative manufacturing methods. It would flow sewage from sources such as waste water treatment plants in open ponds. The other approach uses a more condensed method of the piping, which thinks about the primitive life form in a given footprint of the country can be saved.

As competitors, they and the Californian Solazyme then refine to consume the raw material of this "rough algae" in quantity of usable fuel that can be mixed with conventional diesel.

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