Solazyme biodiesel plant. (Photo: Solazyme/FIS)
Solazyme granted registration for algae-derived, renewable diesel fuel
Thursday, August 09, 2012, 22:30 (GMT + 9)
Solazyme, Inc, a renewable oil and bioproducts company, has been granted registration for SoladieselRD fuel—algae-derived, renewable diesel fuel—by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This registration enables SoladieselRD to be sold commercially either in blended and unblended (R100) forms.
“To our knowledge, SoladieselRD is the first 100 per cent microbially based fuel in history to receive an EPA fuel registration for use as a ‘neat’ or unblended product. Our Soladiesel and Solajet fuels have been extensively demonstrated in a wide array of platforms from cars, light trucks and buses, to commercial and military jets, helicopters, large commercial shipping vessels and Navy destroyers. This registration is another key milestone in Solazyme’s mission to commercialize drop-in replacement fuels as we continue to build out our renewable oil production capacity,” stated Bob Ames, VP Fuels Commercialization, Solazyme.
In tests conducted for the EPA registration, SoladieselRD met or exceeded the ASTM D975 specification for conventional diesel fuel. SoladieselRD performed substantially similar to petroleum diesel and even reduced NOx emissions by approximately 10 per cent when tested in modern diesel engines.
In a measurement of the combustion quality, SoladieselRD exhibited a Cetane Number greater than 78, which is more than 60 per cent higher than standard US diesel fuel.
SoladieselRD is the first algal-derived fuel to be successfully road-tested in blended and unblended (R100) forms for thousands of miles in unmodified vehicles. SoladieselRD is compatible with existing infrastructure and can be used with factory-standard diesel engines without modifications.