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Algae-Fueled Car Finishes Cross Country Tour

Algaeus, the first plug-in hybrid vehicle to cross the U.S. on fuel containing a blend of algae-based fuel, finishes its cross-country tour today in New York City. The event kicks of the nationwide premiere of FUEL, a Sundance Film Festival award winning documentary addressing the country’s reliance on foreign oil, but also suggesting solutions. To view a trailer, visit

The vehicle, fueled by an algae-blend product developed by Sapphire Energy, San Diego, CA, gets 150 miles per gallon. It is based on a 2008 Toyota Prius that has been equipped with an added battery pack, a plug and an advanced energy management system. The engine has not been modified.

Sapphire Energy has attracted the likes of Bill Gates, who has invested in the company.

Entrepreneurs and researchers are working to developed algae strains that can be grown and harvested cheaply and then converted into fuel. In an article this week in The New York Times (, Stephen Mayfield, one of the founders of Sapphire Energy and head of the Mayfield Lab at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, said that, currently, algae fuel costs about $10 per gallon to make now. He is confident, however, that the cost can be brought down to compete with gasoline.

Mayfield has brought together other algae researchers in a consortium called the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology (, which has just applied for a Department of Energy grant that would provide $50 million over three years. SD-CAB has teamed up with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of Nebraska, John Hopkins University, Rutgers University, Princeton University, Cornell University, University of California-Davis and Brooklyn College in New York on this application.

Winning this grant could also attract significant contributions from several corporate partners.

Several other players in the algae business have been discussing the economics of algae-based fuel commercialization this week at the National Algae Association’s ( conference in Houston, TX.

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on Apr 23, 2014

Its a good concept by the company, for the fuel, there are many type of available in the market and as per the requirement of the vehicle people use. Algaeus is a hybrid vehicle that cross the US cross country, the car fueled by the algae based fuel and designed for the better performance.
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on May 13, 2014

Cross country tour by car is not a easy thing for everybody, for the tour, you have to drive as a professional and safely. The condition of the car should be better and you have to check the car in the road for the better drive, here the algae fuel used for the car for the country cross and very safely drive the car to the end position.
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on May 21, 2014

Fuel is an important part of every vehicle. But have you ever heard about the algae oil. But it exists and it also helps to increase the mileage of vehicle and you can go for a country tour using this car. Hybrid vehicles are the upcoming and updated vehicle that helps the people to rescue from several types of environmental problems as well as from it protects you from the fuel related issues.
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on Jul 8, 2014

When a car cover a country, it's a good achievement. For use of a car, people use many type of fuels and what type of fuel a car consume is important. Algae based fuel car cover a country and they don't modify in the car or anything so it give a better performance for them.
Mercedes Repair in Burlington, Wa

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