The year saw plenty of ups and downs for tech that doesn’t use any polluting fuel, but there are glimmers of hope, especially in the developing world, where technology may leapfrog our dirty tech and step right into a cleaner future.
Yes, indeed, Solazyme is producing algae oils, a renewable energy source to fly you around the world, power your car, create products to reduce the wrinkles on your face, and fry the falafel at your local Halal truck. CEO and co-founder Jonathan S.
Worried about the feasibility of using non-petroleum based jet fuel on commercial airlines? The U.S. military has volunteered its jets as guinea pigs, ordering up 600,000 gallons of fuel made of weeds, algae, and fat from animal corpses.
We recently received a press release from a fledging company called Renewed World Energies claiming that it has created the first commercially viable algae-processing system. The company expects to have two acres of commercial algae growing systems by this fall. It's quite a claim considering the slew of well-funded algae fuel startups racing towards commercial viability.
A number of companies--Sapphire Energy, Solazyme, and Bionavitas to name a few--are working on methods to convert algae into biofuel. But Genifuel wants to turn the pond scum into something different: natural gas. The company, which has obtained a license from Pacific Northwest National Labs for its technology, is using catalytic hydrothermal gasification to create natural gas out of algae in a quick and efficient manner.