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Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune

Big News Week for Biorenewables

  |   Biorenewables, Cleantech Industry News, Energy Efficiency, Highlights

Two major announcements out of San Diego this week put the region’s biofuel industry in the spotlight.

On Dec. 10, the Navy chose the Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in San Diego to announce their joint “Farm to Fleet” venture with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make fuels based on grain, algae, or cooking grease part of the Navy’s regular buying program. They anticipate fuel for warships and jets will include renewable sources by 2015.

The announcement was featured in the Dec. 11, 2013, U-T San Diego article “Navy to Bulk Buy Biofuel.”

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Also on Dec. 10, CleanTECH San Diego member Sapphire Energy Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, and Phillips 66, an integrated energy manufacturing and logistics company,  announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the commercialization of algae crude oil. The companies will work together to collect and analyze data from co-processing of algae and conventional crude oil into fuels. The goal is to complete fuel certifications to ready Sapphire Energy’s renewable crude oil, called Green Crude, for wide-scale oil refining.

Read more in the Dec. 12, 2013, Christian Science Monitor story “Green Crude Oil from Algae Gets a Boost.”

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