Propel Fuels and Solazyme have partnered to launch the nation's first publicly available algae-derived biodiesel at Propel stations across the Bay Area.

In this month-long pilot program, Solazyme's high quality algae-based SoladieselBD will be offered in a B20 blend for the same price as conventional diesel fuels. This groundbreaking fuel will be available exclusively at Propel's Clean Fuel Points in Redwood City, San Jose (North 1st Street), Berkeley, and Oakland.

Propel Locations Offering SoladieselBD

Berkeley Clean Fuel Point
849 University Ave
@ the 76 station

Oakland Clean Fuel Point
350 Grand Ave
@ the Chevron station

Redwood City Clean Fuel Point
503 Whipple Ave
@ the Valero station

San Jose, 1st Street Clean Fuel Point
1002 North 1st St
@ the 76 station


What is algae biodiesel?
Propel's B20 is made of 20% SoladieselBD (an algae-derived biodiesel made by Solazyme) and 80% petroleum diesel. Domestically produced from micro algae that efficiently convert sugars into renewable oil, SoladieselBD is a clean-burning, precision quality fuel that is compatible with all diesel vehicles.

For more information about SoladieselBD, please visit Solazyme's Fuels page.

Who can use algae biodiesel?
Like all of Propel's high quality biodiesel blends, Biodiesel B20 featuring SoladieselBD is compatible with all existing diesel engines. SoladieselBD meets or exceeds ASTM quality specifications and has shown performance enhancements including cold temperature operating performance. And of course, Propel's algae biodiesel is backed by our Performance Guarantee.

Learn more about running Biodiesel B20 by visiting our Resources page.

What are the emissions benefits?
Testing undertaken by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows that, in a 20% blend, SoladieselBD significantly outperforms ultra-low sulfur diesel in total hydrocarbons (THC), carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter tailpipe emissions. This includes an approximate 30% reduction in particulates, a 20% reduction in CO and an approximate 10% reduction in THC.