Our friends at Solazyme, Inc. have inked a new deal with the U.S. Navy to provide 150,000 gallons of advanced biofuels made from algae.
This post on BrighterEnergy.org says the San Francisco supplier of the green fuel has already delivered more than 20,000 gallons of its biodiesel to the Navy from its 2009 contract:
The company hailed the achievement as the world’s largest delivery of non-alcohol advanced biofuel made completely by microbes.
Solazyme, which has been working with a refining partner, Honeywell-subsidiary UOP, said the new deal for 2010-2011 was 7.5 times larger than its previous order, and should bring it closer to commercial production for its process.
CEO Jonathan Wolfson said: “We are excited by the new DoD contract which calls for much larger volumes of Soladiesel®HRF-76 Renewable Naval Distillate fuel, and view its signing on the heels of our successful delivery as strong validation of Solazyme’s technology and of our prospects to provide meaningful quantities of low carbon fuels for our national defense.”
The buy is seen as just the beginning of the Navy’s effort to get half of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2020.