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Solazyme Showcases Jeep Fueled by World's First Algal-Based Renewable Diesel at CALSTART Target 2030


SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA - January 14, 2009: Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil production company and leading algal synthetic biology company, will feature a Jeep Liberty fueled by the world’s first algal-based renewable diesel, Soladiesel, at CALSTART Target 2030: Solutions to Secure California's Transportation Energy and Climate Future in Sacramento, Calif.

The fuel, which is a drop-in replacement for standard petrodiesel (#2 Diesel), has passed American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D975 specifications and will also be on display at the event. Both Soladiesel and Soladiesel, a FAME biodiesel that meets the (ASTM) D6751 specifications, have been successfully road tested unblended (100 percent) for thousands of miles in standard unmodified diesel engines. The Jeep, which will be available for rides throughout the event, illustrates the compatibility of the fuel with current infrastructure.

"With new elected officials across the country, now is an ideal time for events like CALSTART Target 2030, which look at energy solutions that will serve us in the long term," said Jonathan Wolfson, co-founder, and CEO of Solazyme. "We are proud to be in California, a state known for leading energy policy, and are pleased to showcase our solutions which include clean and scalable renewable fuels derived from algae that meet today’s demanding performance and regulatory specifications, while dramatically reducing the carbon footprint versus petroleum based-fuels."

Solazyme’s unique process grows algae in the dark using standard industrial bioproduction equipment, where the algae are fed a variety of non-food and waste biomass materials including cellulosic biomass and low-grade glycerol. This allows the company to produce oil with a very low carbon footprint efficiently in a controlled environment. Solazyme’s fuels have already been road tested in unmodified vehicles for thousands of miles. Solazyme also recently announced that it has produced the world’s first algal based jet fuel which met all eleven of the tested key criteria for (ASTM) D1655 (Jet A-1). Additionally, Solazyme’s process is the very first bridge from non–food carbohydrates and certain industrial waste streams to edible oils and oleochemicals.

The show takes place January 14 - 15, 2009, at the Sacramento Hyatt in Sacramento, Calif.

About Solazyme:
Solazyme, Inc. is a renewable oil production company and the leader in algal synthetic biology. Solazyme’s unique microbial conversion technology process allows algae to produce oil in standard industrial facilities quickly, efficiently and at large scale. These oils are tailored not only for advanced biofuel production, but also as replacements for fossil petroleum and plant oils in a diverse range of products running from foods and cosmetics to oleochemicals. The company was founded in 2003 and has its headquarters in South San Francisco, Calif. For more information, please visit