01 Jul '11, 9pm

How algae could change your world (or at least your car)

How algae could change your world (or at least your car)

According to Andrew Chung, a principal at Lightspeed Venture Partners , one of Solazyme’s investors, “What’s produced is a renewable crude oil that can be made into a wide variety of products, from animal feed and cosmo-ceuticals to fuel.” Food, too — Chung has eaten brownies made from algae. Chung, interviewed at a Wharton School Alumni Forum in San Francisco , contends Solazyme’s algae approach works best, because it can use commercially available fermentation tanks — no re-inventing of the wheel is necessary. And that’s another major advantage of algae when it’s made into fuels that are chemically indistinguishable from gasoline and diesel: Unlike ethanol (which is corrosive), it can be pumped through our existing network of 160,000 gas stations.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transportation/blogs/how-al...

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