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Solazyme, Propel Fuels to retail algae-based SoladieselBD

CTBR Staff Writer Published 14 November 2012

US-based renewable oil and bio products company Solazyme has formed an alliance with Propel Fuels to deliver Solazyme’s algae-derived fuel SoladieselBD to retail pumps.

The fuel will be delivered through Propel's Bay Area network of retail renewable fuel locations offering a pilot into consumer's response to renewable fuels.

SoladieselBD is consistent with the quality specifications of the American Society for Testing and Materials and will be compatible with the existing diesel engines with Propel is responsible for the fuel performance.

Solazyme's technology platform will convert the plant sugars into oils by feeding the sugars to microalgae in standard industrial fermentation equipment.

Commenting on the alliance Solazyme Fuels VP Bob Ames remarked that the company's algae-based technology platform has supplied their development partners and customers with advanced biofuels that meet or exceed some of the world's most stringent fuels specifications and requirements.

"We've successfully demonstrated our land-based fuels in fleet vehicles and corporate busses, and are excited about this pilot program with Propel because it enables us to make these fuels available to the public," added Ames.