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Algae & Safflower Biodiesel Flies Across Salt Flats
Domestic Fuel
Bonneville_BiodieselRacetruck_ust A truck running on biodiesel made from algae and safflower seed oil was tearing up the salt flats known for their speed records. This story from KSL in Salt Lake City, Utah says the Utah State University truck first ...
USU researchers blazing trails with car fueled by algae, safflower seedsDeseret News

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Dodge Rampage Goes 135 MPH On Algae Biodiesel
Gas 2.0
A team of researchers from Utah State University has taken an 80s compact Dodge Rampage pickup and turned it into a biodiesel-powered land speed racer. This isn't just any biodiesel though; it was created using a unique combination of algae and ...

Biodiesel Magazine

Algae Systems, IHI Corp. complete unique algae-biofuel demo
Biodiesel Magazine
Algae Systems LLC announced it has completed demonstration of a new biofuel production approach this month with Japan's IHI Corp. A demonstration plant in Daphne, Ala., combines wastewater with algae to produce what the company says is the world's ...

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Algae-Biodiesel By-Product to Power Electric Grand Prix
Domestic Fuel
formulae A grand prix racing series, the world's first to run on electric power, will get its energy from a by-product of algae-biodiesel production. This article from says the Formula E races will use U.K.-based Aquafuel's glycerine to ...


What is Algal Fuel?
Algal biofuel is an alternative to fossil fuel, which is generated by specific algae species from carbon dioxide. These algae species are primarily unicellular or diatom microalgae that produce high carbohydrate compositions suitable for ethanol ...

Biodiesel Magazine

USU's Mike Morgan sets more biodiesel-powered speed records
Biodiesel Magazine
Using a biodiesel blend made at USU from algae, Morgan drove a privately owned Dodge Rampage in a heavy headwind to 132.620 mph. In the same vehicle, powered with USU-made, 100 percent safflower biodiesel, he cruised to 133.815 mph. (Catch a ...

Emerging Technologies Enlarging Playing Field for Biofuel
Other types of biofuel are only now emerging.” Siu points to the upcoming release of the first commercial cellulosic ethanol plants, which are expected to enter production this year, as well as technologies to produce fuel from industrial waste gases ...

Boise State's Biodiesel Truck to Take Its Shot at Salt Flats
Domestic Fuel
“What we really advocate is biodiesel derived from algae.” The truck has a computer that reads 70 points of contact on the truck between the chassis and engine, allowing the team can see exactly how each fuel type works with the truck to choose the ... (blog)

Algae will power Electric Grand Prix (blog)
Formula E's sustainability manger Julia Pallé told BusinessGreen the championship organizers have signed a deal with U.K. startup Aquafuel to supply generators powered by glycerine, a byproduct of biodiesel that also can be produced from saltwater algae.

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Rethink Biofuel Sources, Not Biofuels Subsidies
Just this week, Japanese company IHI announced that it had combined two utilities in one algae system: the creation of biofuels and the treatment of wastewater. This makes it the first carbon-negative biofuel process, killing any doubts about the ...

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Algae biodiesel companies leading the industry:

  • Aquaflow A New Zealand company that expects to be the first company in the world to economically produce biofuel from wild algae harvested from open-air environments, to market it, and meet the challenge of increasing demand.
  • GreenFuel Technology Corp. Cambridge, Mass. company working with power plants to build algae producing photobioreactors. Tests show its system captured about 80% of the CO2 emitted during the day when sunlight is available.
  • HR Biopetroleum The Hawaii based company intends to be a designer-builder of algae biofuels plants and to produce and market renewable fuel feedstock and animal nutritional supplemental protein. Partnering with Royal Dutch Shell in a joint venture called Cellana, they plan to initially build a small research plant but hope to move to a full-scale commercial plant of 20,000 hectares.
  • LiveFuels The Menlo Park, CA research company describes itself as a min-manhattan project with a national alliance of labs and scientists dedicated to transforming algae into biocrude by the year 2010. Their strategy involves developing algae that will thrive in open ponds.
  • Imperium Renewables The Seatle company that has made a name for itself from producing traditional biodiesel, announced that it has dedicated a 5 million-gallon refinery to algae oil. Has established a feedstock agreement where Solazyme will supply algal oil.
  • OTEC A San Francisco bay area firm developing photobioreactors - enclosed systems that produce algae in layer upon layer of tubes or shallow ponds.
  • PetroSun PetroSun is a diversified energy company specializing in the discovery and development of both traditional fossil fuels and renewable energy resources. Under the terms of a November 2007 agreement, PetroSun BioFuels will supply Bio-Alternatives fifty percent of its raw algal oil production from planned algae farms and extraction plants in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi up to a maximum of 150 million gallons per year. PetroSun BioFuels and Bio-Alternatives have agreed to locate the initial algae farm, extraction plant and biodiesel refinery in Louisiana. Negotiations have commenced to secure the land and permits that are required for the respective operations. PetroSun is in the pre-commercial stage with its algae-to-biofuels production technology. The Company plans to establish algae farms and algal oil extraction plants in Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Mexico, Brazil and Australia during 2008. The algal oil product will be marketed as feedstock to existing biodiesel refiners and planned company owned refineries. PetroSun is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona with field offices in Shreveport, Louisiana and Opelika, Alabama.
  • Solazyme A somewhat secretive San Franciso based biotechnology company that apparently has already harvested thousands of gallons of algal oil. They have engineered more than a dozen specialized strains and ramped up pre-commercial production. We can easily make thousands of gallons [of algal biodiesel] a month, says Chief Operating Officer Jonathan S. Wolfson. Solazyme has entered into a biodiesel feedstock development agreement in which they will generate algal oil for Imperium's biodiesel production process. Jerry Fiddler, Solazyme's Chairman says, "The technology is much farther along than most people realize. Our energy future includes algae which will serve as a biodiesel feedstock of increasing importance."
  • Solix The Solix team of engineers in Fort Collins, CO are working on a design for a closed algae growth system that is cost competitive with open systems.