LisaKinVA Posted August 1, 2008 Share Posted August 1, 2008 A new milestone was reached recently in the race to make algae a conventional oil alternative: high-octane gasoline that is compatible with any gas-guzzling vehicle. The feat was performed by Sapphire Energy, a company that manufactures â€œgreen crudeâ€. Sapphire uses single-cell algae to create fuel for cars and other transport vehicles. While the green crude is chemically identical to crude oil, it is completely carbon neutral. The algal energy doesnâ€™t require the use of agricultural land and water, and it deliver 10 to 100 times more energy per acre than crop-based biofuels. The company hopes that their green crude will ultimately be injected into normal crude pipelines. Fortunately for consumers, Sapphire isnâ€™t the only company looking into â€œOil 2.0â€œ. Silicon Valley company LS9 is working on genetically modifiying single cell organisms to excrete carbon neutral oil. Like Sapphireâ€™s green crude, the LS9 oil will also work in conventional vehicles. Whether these efforts come to fruition as oil replacements remains to be seenâ€”and it mostly hinges on questions of efficiency. But we should find out soon. Sapphire expects to start producing their green crude within 3 to 5 years. Posts Related to Algal Fuel: Maui To Get Algae Facility For Biodiesel Algae-Based Biofuel to Power Virgin Atlantic 747 Jet? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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