Bay Area residents became the first private citizens in the world to use a domestically grown green fuel that had only previously seen on testing models. It’s the first time an alternative fuel made from algae went on sale to the public, and this is happening at four Bay Area gas stations in what advocates insist is the first wave in a tide of clean fuel that will hit the marketplace. Propel Fuels and biofuel-company Solazyme have worked with retail sites such as a Valero station in Redwood City, Calif., for installations.
Solazyme has teamed up with Propel Fuels in this one-month pilot program to sell algae-based diesel biofuel at retail pumps and promote the benefits of the fuel. If the test is successful, it could pave the way for a permanent retail network, and it could provide businesses of all sizes with a cost-effective way to transition their fleets into greener vehicles.