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Solazyme and Algae Top Biofuels Digest Hottest 50 List

Solazyme's ascension to the top of Biofuels Digest's Hottest Companies in Bioenergy for 2009-2010 is not a sign of things to come, but a sign of what is.  Algae as a source for biofuels production is very much the promising bioenergy feedstock of the year, with seven algae companies on the list and many more emerging.  Celulosic ethanol companies (19 total companies) and "drop-in" renewable biofuels (15 companies) such as biobutanol, renewable diesel, green gasoline and renewable jet fuel represented the majority of the field.

One hint to why Solazyme is making in-roads in the marketplace prior to proving a full scale commercialization model is its foray into the government market.  In September of 2009, Solazyme announced that is signed a U.S. Department of Defense contract to develop Navy Fuels from algae. At the most recent presentation of The Energy Conversation in Washington, D.C. funded by the Department of Defense the topic of the session was, Can Algae Replace Petroleum as a Clean, Low Carbon, Homegrown Fuel for our Military and More? While the presentations didn't cover the full spectrum of the algae market, the synthesis of the presentations yielded one conclusion, government funding and beta testing, especially with water and algae connected agencies, such as the Navy, starts to make a lot of practical sense.

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We have spent over $2.2 billion dollars on algae research for the last 35 years and nothing to show for it. Algae has been researched to death at universities for the last 50 years in the US. The problem is as long as the algae researchers can say we are 3-5 years away, its too expensive and they need more research they get the grant money.

The question you need to be asking is " Does the US really want to get off of foreign oil or do we want to continue to fund the algae researchers at the universities."

We need monies going into algae oil production and stop wasting money on research. Algae researchers are incapable of commercializing anything!

December 3, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranonymous

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