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First Algae-Fueled Car Crossing the Country

The first algae-fueled vehicle called the Algaeus has begun its drive across the country.  The car, a converted plug-in Prius outfitted with a nickel-metal hydride battery and the best choice cheap viagra uk filled with a blend of 5 percent algae and 95 percent gasoline from Sapphire Energy, set out from San Francisco yesterday and will take 10 days to make it to buy levitra online pharmacy Washington, DC.

The group responsible for the Algaeus, the Veggie Van Organization, expects the car will only require 25 gallons of best price cialis fuel to make the entire trip.

Yes, a 5 percent blend of algae doesn't exactly signal the wow look it generic form of cialis start of an algae revolution, but it does mean that progress is being made on fuel with great potential and this road trip lets people see the progress in action.  The main point of the Algaeus is to show the ability of algae to be used in a standard engine.

The road trip isn't being made just to show off the algae car, but to also promote the film FUEL that discusses solutions for our dependence on foreign oil and opens on September 18th, the day the algae car will reach its destination.

Sapphire Energy plans to produce two million gallons of algae fuel per year for the next two years with hopes of it becoming cost-competitive in the buy propecia no prescription next few years at $60 to $80 a barrel. The company intends to tramadol without prescription and free shipping create a 10 percent algae blend for its future commercial products.  Sapphire is also producing one million gallons of algae-based jet fuel this year.

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written by Vernon, September 09, 2009
It's really interesting how creative the whole fuel economy move is becoming.
written by Doc Rings, September 10, 2009
Only 25 gallons of fuel TOTAL, that would average about 90 - 100 mpg. Must be some serious hypermiling to achieve that.. but they are taking 10 days to do it.

Wonder if this is also a PHEV to get such great mileage, and take such a long time to get there.

Too many loose holes in the story... we need more info, please!
written by James, September 10, 2009
Well its not getting across the country by algae, its getting 5% of the way across the country by algae.
written by Carl Hage, September 10, 2009
Well, I suppose a publicity stunt is what is needed, but there are a lot of deceptive words in the press release. Megan, where do they claim it will take 25 gallons? Please reference such claims-- I found none searching the Sapphire or VeggieVan sites. Someone must have just taken their wording (150 mpg across the country), then used google maps to find the distance between cities visited and divided by 150. The plug-in _could_ get 150 if driven carefully a limited distance, but on order levitra now the highway, it will get about 60mpg.

They are also mixing technologies-- the plug-in, and then 5% biogasoline. Because of the ethanol mandate, it could have more corn ethanol than algae fuel, yet it's touted as being powered by algae. If indeed it would do what is said (150mpg), it would only need 1.25 gallons of algae fuel, so they just carry a few bottles of the best place canadianpharmacy additive. But really, it will probably need 3 gallons of algae additive, and burn 6 gallons of corn ethanol.

Why not call it the Cornius? The VeggieVan was at least 100% powered by waste vegetable oil. (Of course if we use 100% of available waste vegetable oil, it would only augment a small fraction of the diesel fuel.)

To me, it seems that we need large changes in transportation fuel, and it's deceptive to call 5%-bio (B5) "Biodiesel" or E10 "Ethanol"-- that's a drop in the barrel and a small fraction of the 50% increase in range from gas-only hybrid, or >100% increase possible with plug-ins.

I was sad to see no specifics on the plug-in: just mention that it had a plastic cover so people could see the extra battery. Most current Prius plug-in retrofits just range extend the NiMH battery (by faking out the purchase of viagra or cialis etc control signals to how do u buy propecia in canada the engine), but don't increase the available power to drive the wheel. The Prius electric motor gets half the power from the battery, half from the engine+generator. In theory, adding an extra battery could allow the electric motor to run more often without the follow link levitra canadian engine.
written by Tom Gable, September 11, 2009
Seems to be incredible hype for 5 percent algae biofuel. The car could probably succeed on 5 percent Mazola oil or recycled cooking oil from the McDonald's deep friers along the way. Does this really prove anything scientifically? It's just a promotion from the Fuel movie and how to buy viagra the media are going along for the ride.
History in the making
written by algaepreneur, September 11, 2009
The National Algae Association wishes Josh Tickell a safe journey and the best of luck.
Still a cool idea
written by McGreenGal, September 11, 2009
Even if the article is not accurate, I still think that the concept of using natural resources for fuel is viagra pills canadian awesome. Algae reproduces to quickly, so it would be a great alternative energy resource.
Good luck!
written by Fuel 'er up, September 11, 2009
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The tour sounds neat and 5% is a good start since nobody as far as I know has really touted widespread awareness of algae-gas at this point. I'd like to know if Sapphire is supplying the entire mix for the whole trip. So what is in the other 95% gasoline? Does it contain corn-ethanol gasoline mixes? I'm not sure Mr. Tickell would necessarily subscribe to corn-ethanol mixes due to cialis 10mg his preferences against that kind of biofuel.

200 mile per gallon?
written by Jon, September 13, 2009
I heard somewhere they get 200 mpg on this vehicle. Is that true?

Also, is algae fuel just getting oil from coal? Does it still have emissions that hurt the atmosphere (like traditional ones) ?
written by Roy, September 14, 2009
But only the tramadol over the counter in canada millitary will see the big difference because they have the contract.
written by Roy, September 14, 2009
Algae is grown from waist water or from ponds. Its the fastest growing organism on this planet. It is carbon neutral, which means that it removes CO2 from the environment and is biodegradable. It is 10 times less toxic than table salt when used as diesel fuel. In my eye's is the answer to the energy problem (replace crude oil)and far more better the ethanol and methanol.

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