In an update to a story from last week, the U.S. Navy successful tested an algae biodiesel blend in its pilot Navy Riverine Command Boat at the Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia. The renewable fuel was provided by Solazyme, who has a contract with the U.S. Navy to provide them with 150,000 gallons of advanced biofuels made from algae. All of Solazyme’s Soladiesel diesel fuels meet ASTM, EU and military specifications.
“Solazyme is proud to provide the first microbially derived ship fuel used by the Navy in a military boat,” said Solazyme CEO and Co-Founder Jonathan Wolfson. “The United States Navy’s commitment to reducing dependence on fossil fuels has taken another step forward today and we applaud their leadership. We are honored to be a part of Navy’s efforts to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.”
Solazyme believes it’s technology will help the Department of Defense reduce its carbon footprint, combat global climate change and lead in the development of clean and renewable energy sources.