Propel Fuels and Solazyme Bring Algae to Retail Gas Stations

Solazyme and Propel algae fuel pump

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.