Fuel consumers in California prefer algae-based bio-fuels over conventional fuels and would be willing to pay a premium considering their environmental benefits, revealed a survey conducted by Solazyme and Propel Fuels.

As per a pilot program and study conducted by the companies, consumers with SoladieselBD in a B20 blend through Propel’sClean Fuel Points in Redwood City, San Jose, Berkeley, and Oakland.

About 92% of participants in the program indicated a preferrence for the algae-derived fuel for its environmental benefits.

Solazyme Fuels VP Bob Ames said that the company’s fuels have already been successfully demonstrated in fleet vehicles, corporate buses, military applications and the first US commercial flight on biofuel.

"The successful pilot program with Propel further exhibits strong consumer appetite for the superior performance and environmental properties of Soladiesel," added Ames.

SoladieselBD meets or exceeds ASTM quality standards and has showcased performance enhancements such as superior cold temperature operating performance and environmental benefits.

According to Life Cycle Associates, Soladiesel provides an 85-93% greenhouse gas emissions reduction unlike conventional petroleum-based diesel.