Algae based fuel first tests done by Fermentalg
Fermentalg, an industrial biotechnology company that specializes in the production of chemical compounds from microalgae, has unveiled a production model vehicle with no specific adjustments that runs off algae biodiesel on December 2012.
Fermentalg has already successfully produced its first liters of biodiesel. The 3rd generation biofuel conforms to European Standard EN 14214 permitting its sale in France, and with French government standard B7 which means it is compatible with all other cars currently in circulation and is not subject to any restrictions. Compliance with
these standards has been verified by a Cofrac-accredited petroleum test laboratory.
The first tests on Fermentalg’s biodiesel were carried out at the end of November using a French made utility vehicle in the presence of a bailiff. Microalgae-based biofuels are a promising 3rd generation solution which offer very high yields of lipids, have limited consequences for the environment and place no pressure on the food industry. In fact, microalgae bred using Fermentalg technology feed off by-products from the food or chemical industries. Producing these biofuels will not only reduce the oil bill, but also reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions.
Fermentalg has once again earned its place as a leader in the production of chemical compounds from microalgae and as a pioneer in Europe in the production of algae biofuels. The resounding success of our first steps in biodiesel confirms the enormous potential of microalgae in the production of 3rd generation biofuels.– Pierre Calleja, founder, Chairman and CEO of Fermentalg.
Romain Nicolas opinion:
This kind of solution could clearly solve issue of 1st biofuels generation, to say the usage of food resources for transportation purpose. According to me there are 2 unknowns regarding algae fuels: is the production volume scalable to automotive industry? Does it have an impact on the eco-system?