Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Algae-powered cars

About seven months ago, Rebecca Harrell and Josh Tickell, co-founders of the Veggie Van Organization and producer of the upcoming film FUEL, attempted to drive across the U.S. with just 25 gallons of gas.

It sounds crazy, but it actually worked with only 50 gallons of gas!

The “Algaeus” (a tricked-out hybrid Toyota Prius) gets 150 mpg because it runs on an algae-based biofuel.

Sapphire Energy says it will soon be producing green fuel that can compete with fossil fuels cost-wise.

Sources: [1] http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/09/09/first-algae-powered-car-attempts-to-cross-us-on-25-gallons/
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapphire_Energy


  1. the first link that you give states that the algeus runs on only a 5% blend of biodiesel. That's hardly a convincing demonstration.

  2. Very interesting. It would be nice to develop biofuels that are made solely out of produce and not a combination of fuels in case our oil supply ever depletes.

  3. This was basically just a way to show people that working biofuels are already here, and in use. Sure it will still take a few more years to perfect them, but just think how far the Model T came to get the Mustang. The trip across the U.S. was to raise awareness on the subject.