San Francisco Motorists Turns to Pond Scum

The Detroit Bureau - November 16, 2012

Motorists in the San Fran­cis­co area now can fill up on a new bio­fu­el derived from algae.

Is algae-based fuel B20 com­ing to a sta­tion near you?

No, you can’t sim­ply pump the green scum that forms on your swim­ming pool into your gas tank, but motorists in the San Fran­cis­co area now can fill up on a new bio­fu­el derived from algae.

The algae-based fuel is known as B20, which means a mix of 80% con­ven­tion­al diesel and 20% bio­fu­el.  That’s gen­er­al­ly the max­i­mum motorists can find at a pub­lic fill­ing sta­tion – though com­pa­ny offi­cials insist they could use 100% organ­ic diesel in a con­ven­tion­al vehi­cle with­out and change in per­for­mance or reduc­tion in the life of a diesel engine.

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