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SunEco Energy has been working with partner Global ReNergy Systems for several years to develop algae biodiesel and the company has been operating a pilot facility in Chino, California for two years. During this time, the company has been growing algae in open ponds and has had 18 harvests. Most recently, SunEco has been working with JB Hunt trucking to test its biodiesel fuel. The companies started their collaboration with a test program in a JB Hunt truck running on ultra low sulfur diesel, a B20 blend of ULSD and algae biodiesel and a B50 blend.

The test initially measured the opacity of the fuels with ULSD getting 14 percent and the B50 coming out much clearer at 2.5 percent. When running on B50, the truck produced 82 percent fewer particulate emissions compared to the ULSD. Later, the truck was put on a chassis dynamometer and the power level was measured at an equal 370 hp on each fuel. When measuring the efficiency, the truck got 2.45 mpg on ULSD, a number that rose to 2.56 mpg on B20 and 2.52 mpg on B50. SunEco now plans to move forward with full scale production of algae biodiesel. A video describing the testing is after the jump.

[Source: SunEco Energy]


SunEco Energy and J.B. Hunt Algae Power Hits the Road .

Biodiesel, powered with SunEco algae oil reduced emissions 82% with no loss of power

CHINO, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: JBHT) and SunEco Energy today announced the signing of a cooperative agreement, which could lead to J.B. Hunt becoming a significant purchaser of biodiesel made from natural algae oil using SunEco Energy's proprietary technology.

The two companies conducted a series of successful tests using biodiesel made by SunEco Energy from 100 percent natural algae oil produced at the company's pilot plant in Chino, California. These tests, using a 20 percent and 50 percent blend of algae oil with petroleum diesel, measured an 82 percent reduction in particulate emissions with no loss of power.

"Transportation fuel is virtually 100% oil-based," said Gary Whicker, senior vice president of engineering for J.B. Hunt. "Finding alternative energy sources to put in our fuel tanks is good business for our company and our nation. SunEco's innovative process to produce renewable fuel supplies from algae grown in American ponds is an intriguing new option. Our initial experience with their algae-based biodiesel is promising, and we are excited about the opportunity to work with SunEco Energy to move towards a lower cost, less carbon intensive, and more secure energy supply for our business."

"We are very pleased that J.B. Hunt, a leading transportation company, took the steps to test our fuel in their trucks and are taking further steps to become a leader in the use of renewable fuels," said Dan Gautschi, Chairman and CEO of SunEco Energy. "The SunEco technology has been in development for over five years, with an operating pilot facility over the past two years which has allowed us to continually produce barrels of oil rather than beakers, enabling us to provide oil for tests in a variety of applications."

SunEco's proprietary technology utilizes naturally occurring algae strains in a monitored environment to produce an oil product suitable for making renewable transportation fuels and other oil-based products, and, as a byproduct of the process, a high-quality animal feed supplement. SunEco is currently raising additional funding to enable the large scale deployment of the technology in U.S. and international markets, including a large development in the Imperial Valley region of California.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. focuses on providing safe and reliable transportation services to a diverse group of customers throughout the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Utilizing an integrated, multimodal approach, J.B. Hunt provides capacity-oriented solutions centered on delivering customer value and industry-leading service.

SunEco Energy is committed to leading the deployment of commercially viable bio-products made from natural algae strains. The Company's primary objective is to deliver reliable clean and sustainable energy products for transportation fuels and livestock feed, thus breaking the trade-off between food or fuel. Looking forward, the company intends to expand its product range to include a full scope of uses currently obtained from petroleum, such as, plastics, inks and dyes, as well as nutri-ceuticals.

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        I just named some folks that collect money from petroleum products and do politics and regulations and happen to not have any green technology in application.
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        Your paranoia and conspiracy theories are not helping anyone, including yourself. Aside from being totally baseless, your theories are illogical and poorly written. Why do you insist on spamming this site? Where are you from, and why do you comment on this blog?
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      2.5 mpg?? THAT LOW??????

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      Nick, your calculations are correct. Diesel engine, especially larger horse power engines, do not get many mpg. They do usually get better than 2.5 mpg. These mpg were more than likely simulated with an 80,000 lb pay load. Some engines are rated higher - Detroit Diesel might be "rated" as high as 7mpg depending on hp. Oversized, heavyhaul, road conditions, weather conditions, engine condition, ect ect ect all play a roll in fuel mileage. You can easily see how just the cost of fuel (which is tremendous) can affect what we pay for goods. If you are really interested, do some research on mpg of diesel engines. This was really just to confirm to you that the mpg in the dyno test are not a joke.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Biodiesel from Algae is wonderful IF they can sell it at a profit WITHOUT taxpayer funds being that profit.

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        So I guess what you guys are saying is that there IS no spoon...

        No public or private debt and that I can stop paying my mortgage and car payments and that Congress can abolish the IRS because they don't need OUR money, they can just print there own.

        Since FIAT money is a creation of people, how can they charge interest on something that comes from thin air?

        (can I have some of what you're on?)
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        I think you would really enjoy The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. When you talk about sustainability it means a lot of different things, and part of what we don't see sometimes is the subsidies that alter the market. The only reason corn (and thereby most food in this country) is cheap is because of subsidies given to people growing it. The fact is we now make so much that we have to be creative in finding ways to consume all the food.

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        Growing algae is like raising chickens. They raise themselves.
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