Driving On Algae At UNFCCC In Copenhagen

Solazyme's algae-powered vehicle
UNFCCC journalists and delegates are welcome to complementary rides in Solazyme’s unmodified algae-powered vehicle.
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Solazyme, a renewable oil production company and leader in algal synthetic biology, will power vehicles with fuel derived from algae at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Organized by Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ‘Driving the Future’ showcase will give journalists and delegates complementary rides in environmentally friendly vehicles, including Solazyme’s unmodified, algae-powered vehicle.

“As the world convenes in Copenhagen to discuss global climate change policy, Solazyme will demonstrate a means to address global climate change that is viable today,” said Jonathan Wolfson, CEO of Solazyme. “Our hope for the session is that the Conference of the Parties will set the stage for consistent policy that supports all emerging technologies.”

The microalgae-derived green diesel fueling the vehicles, SoladieselRD, is produced via Solazyme’s unique microbial fermentation process that allows algae to produce oil in standard fermentation facilities quickly, efficiently, and at large scale. In conjunction with Honeywell’s UOP/Eni Ecofining process technology, this process yields a biofuel that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions while complying with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D-975 specifications. The Mercedes Benz E-Class sedan running Solazyme’s fuel is a completely unmodified factory standard diesel, and will be powered by Soladiesel unblended (B100) for the duration of the event.

In addition to the “Driving the Future” showcase, Solazyme will be exhibiting at Bright Green, the largest parallel event during the COP15 summit that features the latest innovation and intelligent technologies aimed at solving global climate challenges. The Bright Green Expo takes place on Dec. 12 – 13, 2009, at Forum, Copenhagen.

Solazyme is a renewable oil and bioproducts company and the leader in algal biotechnology. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in South San Francisco, Solazyme’s unique technology allows algae to produce oil and biomaterials in standard fermentation facilities quickly, efficiently and at large scale. These natural oils and biomaterials are tailored not only for fuel production, but also as replacements for fossil-derived petroleum and a variety of natural plant oils and compounds, making them useful in a wide range of products: from oleochemicals, to cosmetics, to foods. Solazyme’s oils and fuels provide compelling solutions to increasingly complex issues of fuel scarcity, energy security and environmental impact while fitting cleanly into the pre-existing multi-trillion dollar fuel infrastructure. Solazyme’s investors among others include Braemar Energy Ventures, Harris & Harris Group, Lightspeed Venture Partners, The Roda Group, and VantagePoint Venture Partners.

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