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DeuSEL project: “practical” algal-based biofuel by 2018

August 14, 2016
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

The carbon cycle of the DeuSEL project

The carbon cycle of the DeuSEL project

In Japan, Isuzu Motors Co. Ltd. and Euglena have joined efforts in the DeuSEL project, aiming at the practical use of microalgal-based biofuel by 2018.

The project is divided into two major components, defined by each of the partners. Euglena will be responsible for the R&D for cultivating the euglena microalgae strain, the treatment for obtaining dried biomass and the process for extracting the biofuel. Isuzu will handle logistics and distribution of the biofuel in service stations, and the validation of the biofuel using diesel-based buses.

The project consists of a series of tests using the euglena biofuel on the DeuSEL bus. The bus has already successfully covered over 40,000 km. using existing diesel infrastructures such as storage tanks, regular service stations for diesel vehicles, and trucks for transportation of fuel.

The DeuSEL project has created an interactive “HaKoBu” community website (www.i-hakobu.jp) in order to enhance the awareness among future customers about the importance of using the microalgal-based biofuel and to detail how the carbon cycle works.

—Manuel Herrador, Minerva Research Fellow, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.

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