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Fermentalg (France) Successfully Runs Vehicle on Algae Biodiesel

Date Posted: December 13, 2012

Libourne—Fermentalg, an industrial biotechnology company that specializes in the production of chemical compounds from microalgae, will be unveiling a production model vehicle with no specific adjustments that runs off algae biodiesel on Friday 7 December.

The presentation to the press will be made at the opening of Fermentalg's new facilities in Libourne attended by President of the Aquitaine Regional Council and Deputy for Gironde to the French National Assembly, Alain Rousset.

Fermentalg has already successfully produced its first liters of biodiesel.

The 3rd generation biofuel conforms with European Standard EN 142141 permitting its sale in France, and with French government standard B72 which means it is compatible with all other cars currently in circulation and is not subject to any restrictions.

Compliance with these standards has been verified by a Cofrac3-accredited petroleum test laboratory.

The first tests on Fermentalg's biodiesel were carried out at the end of November using a French make utility vehicle in the presence of a bailiff.

Microalgae-based biofuels are an extremely promising 3rd generation solution which offer very high yields of lipids, have limited consequences for the environment and place no pressure on the food industry.

In fact, microalgae bred using Fermentalg technology feed off by-products from the food or chemical industries.

Producing these biofuels will not only reduce the oil bill, but also reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions.

According to Pierre Calleja, founder and Chairman and CEO of Fermentalg: "Fermentalg has once again earned its place as a leader in the production of chemical compounds from microalgae and as a pioneer in Europe in the production of algae biofuels.

"The resounding success of our first steps in biodiesel confirms the enormous potential of microalgae in the production of 3rd generation biofuels."

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