SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
Solazyme, Inc., a synthetic biology company unleashing the power of aquatic
microbes to create clean and scalable solutions for biofuel, industrial
chemical, and health and wellness markets, today revealed the first ever
algae-derived biodiesel fuel (Soladiesel(TM)) to have undergone road
testing by successfully powering a factory-standard automobile for long
distances under typical driving conditions. The car and fuel will make
their public debuts at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where they are also
featured in Fields of Fuel, Josh Tikell's documentary about renewable
fuels. Soladiesel biodiesel is clean, renewable, environmentally
sustainable and scalable.
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The algal biodiesel fueling the car is made through Solazyme's
proprietary process for manufacturing high-value, functionally-tailored
oils from algae. This process, which uses standard industrial fermentation
equipment, yields a biofuel that significantly reduces greenhouse gas
emissions and is biodegradable, nontoxic and safe. Solazyme is currently
producing thousands of gallons of algal oil and recently signed a biodiesel
feedstock development and testing agreement with Chevron Technology
Ventures, a division of Chevron U.S.A. Inc.
"Biodiesel from algae changes the landscape of renewable fuels," said
Jonathan Wolfson, chief executive officer of Solazyme. "The concept of
algal biofuel has been discussed for decades, and Solazyme's technology
finally provides a scalable solution based on proven industrial processes.
This fuel is just the first example of how algal oil will help the
environment through new products that offer attractive economics and
performance, as well as environmental benefits."
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 any existing
diesel engine. The car demonstrating Solazyme's biofuel at Sundance is
running on its original, factory-standard diesel engine with no
modifications, and is powered by the highest blend of biodiesel that engine
manufacturers currently certify. By operating in the typical sub-freezing
temperatures for the area in January, it also illustrates how Soladiesel
provides better temperature properties than any traditional biodiesel.
"In demonstrating this new fuel alternative, we're responding to the
need for a near-term solution that will also be cost effective and
sustainable," added Harrison Dillon, president and chief technology officer
of Solazyme. "Our technology combines all the key components: low carbon
footprint, environmental sustainability, certified compatibility with
existing vehicles and infrastructure, and energy security for our country."
Solazyme, Inc. is a synthetic biology company unleashing the power of
aquatic microbes to create clean and scalable solutions for biofuel,
industrial chemical, and health & wellness markets 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.