Saturday, January 14, 2012

[biofuelwatch] Cargo boat and US navy ship powered by algal oil in fuel trials





Cargo boat and US navy ship powered by algal oil in marine fuel trials

Substituting biofuel for bunker fuel may bring about revolution in world's shipping fleets



Giant cargo boats and US navy warships have been successfully powered on oil derived from genetically modified algae in a move which could herald a revolution in the fuel used by the world's fleets – and a reduction in the pollution they cause.
The results of substituting algal oil for low-grade, "bunker" fuel and diesel in a 98,000-tonne container ship are still being evaluated by Maersk, the world's biggest shipping company, which last week tested 30 tonnes of oil supplied by the US navy in a vessel travelling from Europe to India. Last month, the navy tested 20,000 gallons of algal fuel on a decommissioned destroyer for a few hours. Both ran their trials on a mix of algal oil – between 7% and 100% – and conventional bunker fuel.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/jan/13/maersk-cargo-boat-algal-oil?intcmp=122




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