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Photosynthesis is one of the very first topics taught in biology. The process by which plants use the sun to convert light energy into chemical energy is at the basis of life as we know it. And while humans have adapted solar technology to build off of Mother Nature's time-tested solution, a few companies have begun to use algae as a source of energy, again catalyzed by the sun.
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Solazyme Volkswagen Passat TDI

Solazyme Algae-Derived Biodiesel, Volkswagen Passat TDI
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Primus biogasoline

We've seen cars that run on biodiesel and even those propelled by wood pellets, but neither of these alternative fuel sources pose a near-term alternative to petrol-based gasoline. But, what if we could produce gas from a more abundant, clean source of energy than oil? That's exactly what Primus Green Energy hopes to do.

Primus recently dedicated their new plant--a test facility that will convert natural gas and biomass into biogasoline--in Hillsborough, New Jersey. The plant uses natural gas as the feed-stock to produce so-called "drop-in" biogasoline, a replacement for traditional petroleum-derived gas. Eventually, Primus will use wood chips and other biomass to produce their gas alternative.
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In Translogic episode 6.3 we explore biodiesel, the alternative to petroleum-based diesel fuel. Yes, there are big benefits, but the question remains: Will it work for the average diesel passenger car?

Biodiesel may seem like some sort of strange alternative fuel used only by that guy, you know, the one who's always talking about his Burning Man plans. But according to the independent research organization World Watch Institute, global bio-fuel production topped 81 billion liters (including 15 billion liters of biodiesel) in 2008. Despite the big numbers and impressive claims of many biodiesel advocates, most people are still a little confused about it and many more have simply never heard of it.

Here are a few things you should know before you decide to pump biodiesel into your car.
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