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South San Francisco’s Solazyme, Inc. Has Just Delivered Algae-Based Jet Fuel to the U.S. Navy

Monday, July 19th, 2010

South San Francisco’s Solazyme has made good on its promise to deliver 1500 gallons of algae-based jet fuel to the U.S. Navy.

Will military jets like this F-18 Super Hornet soon be flying on algal fuel?

Looks that way, one of these days. And actually, aviation biofuels soon could be coming to an aircraft near you.

All the deets:

Solazyme Delivers 100% Algal-Derived Renewable Jet Fuel to U.S. Navy

Biotechnology Company Showcases Solajet(TM) HRJ-5 Jet Fuel at the World-famous Farnborough International Air Show in UK

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., July 18  — Solazyme, Inc. is helping the U.S. military move  closer to powering its planes, ships, tanks and trucks on renewable fuel and has delivered of 1,500 gallons of 100% algae-based jet fuel for the U.S. Navy’s testing and certification program. The U.S. Navy has previously announced the objective to operate at least 50% of its fleet on clean, renewable fuel by 2020, and the delivery fulfills a contract awarded to Solazyme by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in September 2009.

Solazyme, a renewable oil and green bioproducts company and leader in algal biotechnology, manufactured the world’s first 100% algal-based jet fuel through its proprietary fermentation process in collaboration with renewable jet fuel processing technology from Honeywell’s UOP.  Solazyme’s renewable Solajet(TM)HRJ-5 is designed to meet all of the requirements for Naval renewable aviation fuel. In preliminary tests, it also meets the fuel requirements of the U.S. Air Force and meets the standards for commercial jet fuel.

“It has been an honor to work with both the Navy and DESC/DLA to provide the first microbial derived advanced biojet fuel that will aid the military’s transition away from fossil fuel and toward more secure, renewable and reliable sources,” said Jonathan Wolfson, CEO, Solazyme. “The military has recognized the national security imperative of creating alternative energy solutions, and this project reflects their leadership and vision in supporting new ways to power our Department of Defense.”

Solazyme’s algal fuel technology will help the DoD reduce its carbon footprint, minimize reliance on foreign oil, combat global climate change and pioneer the development of clean and renewable energy sources for national energy security.

Verified through external lifecycle analyses, Solazyme’s fuels provide an 85% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional fossil fuels.  Prior to delivery to the Navy, the fuel was tested by an independent testing laboratory, and met all of the Navy’s 19 rigorous requirements for renewable hydrotreated jet fuel.  In addition, the fuel meets the proposed ASTM D 7566 specification for Aviation Turbine Fuels containing synthesized hydrocarbons, which is a critical milestone for providing fuels not only for the military, but also for the civilian market.

About Solazyme:

Solazyme, Inc. is a renewable oil and bioproducts company and the leader in algal biotechnology. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in South San Francisco, Solazyme’s unique technology enables the production of oil and biomaterials in standard fermentation facilities quickly, efficiently and at large scale. These oils and biomaterials are tailored to be drop-in replacements for fossil fuel and plant oils, which are feedstocks for a diverse range of products ranging from fuels and chemicals to personal care products.  Solazyme’s products offer compelling solutions to the increasingly complex challenges of fuel scarcity, energy security and environmental impact. These products fit seamlessly into the pre-existing multi-trillion dollar fuel infrastructure. Solazyme’s investors among others include Braemar Energy Ventures, Harris & Harris Group, Lightspeed VenturePartners, The Roda Group, and VantagePoint Venture Partners. For more information, please visit our website:

San Francisco Leads the Way Turning Grease-Trap Grease into Biofuels

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

It was a veritable love-fest down at  five-star rated (sort of) RōE Boutique Nightclub and Lounge on 651 Howard in the SOMA this afternoon. Why? Grease. Brown grease. The City has a plan in operation to raid grease traps in order to make BioDiesel down by the San Francisco Zoo.

We’re not talking about fryer grease here. We’re talking messy, water-drenched brown grease.  

Who’s paying for all this? The state of California – it’s a done deal. Does that make it two non-ridiculous new ideas in San Francisco over two consecutive days? Possibly. Read all about it below.

Forget plastics, the future is grease. Click to expand

All different kinds of gross stuff. Can you use trap grease to make B100 biodiesel, the hard stuff? Yes you can.

What restauranteur wouldn’t welcome this green truck, coming for some grease.

A grease trap, as big as you’re going to see here. This is waste, so it’s unlike America’s wasteful corn ethanol program that turns food into fuel, just the way Big Corn likes it.

And lastly, for City Hall’s youthful gay mafia, a “funny picture,” per their request. Normally, you don’t see this kind of thing on this particular website, but all three of them wanted it, so anything for the clique. Click.

San Francisco’s famous Gold Club. And look, all four of this car’s tires are the same size and brand, unlike the previous car. That’s progress. 

Anyway, think grease! 

Read on:

Biodiesel Honors Awarded at National Conference
“Eye on Biodiesel” awards recognize industry champions
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Two seafaring captains and musician Melissa Etheridge were among the fuel advocates for environmentally friendly biodiesel recognized at the National Biodiesel Conference & Expo, which wrapped up today. The National Biodiesel Board’s 2009 “Eye on Biodiesel Award” winners are:
Influence – Melissa Etheridge. Grammy and Academy Award winner Etheridge often powers her worldwide tours with biodiesel. Etheridge said she liked using biodiesel in her tour vehicles so much that she sold her personal cars to buy a diesel SUV, which she calls the “Bio-Beast.”
Inspiration – Bryan Peterson and Pete Bethune.  Fourteen years ago Peterson made his way around the world in a biodiesel powered boat. Peterson’s adventure generated some of the earliest news on biodiesel.  New Zealander Bethune’s Earthrace boat, fueled by biodiesel, broke the speed record for circumnavigating the world in 60 days.
Initiative – San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. In 2006, Newsom issued an Executive Directive to increase biodiesel use in San Francisco. Today, virtually all of the city’s 1,500 diesel vehicles run on B20.
Industry Partnership – Ronald Hayes/State of Missouri and Randy Jennings/State of Tennessee.  Both worked in conjunction with state and national regulatory agencies to create and enforce standards for biodiesel fuel.  They also helped develop test methods and labeling requirements.
Impact – Randall von Wedel.  Von Wedel helped bring biodiesel to the West Coast.  Since the early ’90s, he opened California’s first retail pump, implemented biodiesel in major fleets, introduced fleet quality control programs, and helped pioneer biodiesel marine uses.
The NBB also presented the Pioneer Award to Kenlon Johannes, the first Executive Director of the National SoyDiesel Development Board, which later became the NBB.
“To mirror the theme of this year’s conference, ‘Leading Change Now,’ each of these leaders is furthering our mission of public education on biodiesel’s societal benefits, and opening doors for the growth of the fuel. They have helped to bring positive change in the U.S.,” said Joe Jobe, NBB CEO. “Honorees have either brought a public face to the fuel’s effectiveness, or have eliminated barriers for greater acceptance of the fuel.”

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