Propel Fuels and Solazyme Bring Algae to Retail Gas Stations

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.

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