SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent test of
Solazyme biodiesel, Soladiesel, through the Southwest Research Institute
(SWRI), by request of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), demonstrated
that Soladiesel has superior cold weather properties to any commercially
available biodiesel. This makes it more suitable for cold weather climates
where military bases have been previously unable to use biodiesel.
Solazyme, Inc. is a leading biotechnology company that harnesses the power
of microalgae to produce clean and scalable high performance oils,
biofuels, and "green" chemicals. Company CEO Jonathan Wolfson will present
at the 2008 Worldwide Energy Conference & Trade Show, and will discuss how
oils derived from algae can be processed to create high-grade FAME
biodiesel, renewable diesel and jet fuels that meet current military
specifications. Because of the excellent cold temperature performance and
the clean characteristics of the oil, former military fuels specialists
note that new algae-based fuels could soon help the DoD to better comply
with recently enacted mandates to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and
utilize environmentally friendly fuels, including biodiesel.
"The DoD's requested testing of the Soladiesel fuel showed superior
performance especially in terms of its cold temperature properties," said
Wolfson. "Greater performance in cold temperatures means our biodiesel and
other algae-based fuels could help the military in remote northern
locations like Alaska and North Dakota, as well as in hot climates, while
reducing dependence on petroleum. We look forward to continuing to work
with the DoD on Soladiesel and other algal based fuels, and are pleased to
be presenting at the DESC conference."
Soladiesel exceeds both the requirements of the American Society for
Testing and Materials (ASTM) biodiesel standard D6751 and EN 14214, the
European standard, which ensures that biodiesel can safely run in any
existing diesel engine. A 2008 Ford F450, which was supplied by BioDiesel
University, part of the Smith School of Business at the University of
Maryland, was used to demonstrate Solazyme's biofuel at the DESC
conference, running on its original, factory-standard diesel engine with no
modifications. The truck is powered by B100; that is, 100 percent biodiesel
made from 100 percent algae.
R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence and Under
-Secretary of the Navy, who arrived at the Conference in the unmodified
Ford F450 powered by Soladiesel said, "While I drive a plug-in hybrid, the
military generally doesn't use cars; it drives trucks, ships and planes and
today those only run on diesel oil-based fuels. I'm delighted to
participate in this worldwide first -- I arrived at the DESC Military
Energy Conference in a F450 pick-up fueled completely on ASTM compliant
B100 made from domestically produced algal oil. Algae are a natural oil
producer and can be refined into all kinds of oil-based fuels. This shows
we're on our way to growing our own military fuels right in this country."
"Solazyme's crude algal oils can be blended with petroleum crude in
existing oil refineries and are also optimal for refining into biodiesel,
renewable diesel and jet fuel," Wolfson said. "Therefore we anticipate
helping to diversify and decentralize the geographic sources of oil, thus
making oil supplies more secure. In addition, Solazyme's oil has a clear,
fast path to market because the algal oil was developed for use within the
existing trillion dollar energy infrastructure."
The 2008 Worldwide Energy Conference & Trade Show is being held April
14 - 16 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Va. The truck will
also be available for rides throughout the day by interested parties.
Wolfson's presentation, titled Fuels Derived from Algae Oil, is scheduled
for 9:00 am on April 16, 2008.
Solazyme, Inc. is a biotechnology company that harnesses the power of
microalgae to produce clean and scalable high performance biofuels, "green"
chemicals and health products. The company was founded in 2003 and has its
headquarters in South San Francisco, Calif. For more information, please
visit our website: http://www.solazyme.com.
SOURCE Solazyme, Inc.