Start-up algal biofuels company Sapphire Energy unveiled a renewable 91 octane gasoline that conforms to ASTM certification derived from algal a biocrude.
Sapphire has developed a platform that produces a “green crude” and biohydrocarbon fuels from modified algae. Sapphire’s founders and leadership team includes scientists in the fields of petroleum chemistry, biotechnology, algal production, plant genomics, and biogenetics.
Brian Goodall, Sapphire’s new vice president of downstream technology, was most recently at Imperium Renewables, where his team there recently delivered the 1,000 gallons of biojet fuel used on Virgin Atlantic’s first-ever commercial “green” jet flight. (Earlier post.)
The one-year old San Diego, California-based Sapphire has already gathered $50 million in funding from investors, including ARCH Venture Partners, the Wellcome Trust, and Venrock.
Sapphire’s scientific supporters include Scripps Research Institute; University of California, San Diego; the University of Tulsa, and the Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Project.