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Sapphire Energy is now working on scaling up its production of the world's first renewable crude oil

A green crude oil production company has paid off its loan guarantee to the U.S. government early and in full. 

Sapphire Energy, a producer of the world’s first renewable crude oil, fully repaid its $54.5 million loan guarantee early. The loan was awarded to Sapphire Energy by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2009 through the Biorefinery Assistance Program.

“Sapphire Energy is very grateful to the USDA for supporting algae crude oil as an alternative source of energy as well as our vision to make this industry a reality,” said Cynthia ‘CJ’ Warner, CEO and chairman of Sapphire Energy. “With their backing, we did exactly what we set out to do. We grew our company, advanced our algae technologies, and built, on time and on budget, the first, fully operational, commercial demonstration, algae-to-energy facility that delivers a proven process for producing refinery-ready Green Crude oil. We could not have built this first of a kind facility without the support of the USDA. Moving forward, our focus is on commercializing our technology and expanding operations to bring crude oil production to commercial demonstration scale as planned.”

Sapphire Energy is now working on scaling up its production of the world's first renewable crude oil. The company built its Green Crude Farm, which promotes algae crude oil production from cultivation to extraction. Its biofuel is made from photosynthetic microorganisms like algae and cyanobacteria, and uses sunlight and carbon dioxide as their feedstock. Also, its biofuel is not dependent on food crops or farmland, does not use potable water, does not result in biodiesel or ethanol, and is low carbon, renewable and scalable. 
The farm has created over 600 jobs throughout its phase 1 construction with about 30 full-time employees currently operating the facility. 
Sapphire Energy plans to produce 100 barrels of crude oil per day in 2015, and hit commercial-scale production in 2018.

This isn't the first government loan to be paid off early this year. Back in May, Tesla Motors repaid its $465 million loan to the U.S. Department of Energy nine years early

Source: Sapphire Energy

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RE: Excellent
By Argon18 on 8/1/2013 2:39:44 PM , Rating: 0
All good points. EV's are not the answer. Electricity is not a viable alternative to fossil fuels, not with current technology anyways. The're more an "image" thing for insecure people.

RE: Excellent
By Motoman on 8/1/2013 3:32:14 PM , Rating: 2

On the other hand, if there actually is a way to produce biofuel in a responsible manner (meaning not only in an environmentally-responsible manner, but also in a socially and financially responsible manner) then we should absolutely be working on that like crazy.

I'll be keen to see what the energy efficiency is of the process (as in, do we get more net energy out of it than we put in, as opposed to ethanol) as well as it's impact on land use (like, does it take otherwise food-bearing or ecologically-important ground out of the cycle) and it's financial soundness (if the resulting fuel costs $20 a thanks) reported at some point.

RE: Excellent
By Jeffk464 on 8/2/2013 11:04:33 AM , Rating: 1
Ethanol works great if you can use sugar cane. Its only inefficient when you are using corn as your feed stock.

RE: Excellent
By Motoman on 8/2/2013 12:23:28 PM , Rating: 1
Um, no. Here's your sign.

RE: Excellent
By foxalopex on 8/1/2013 3:44:51 PM , Rating: 3
EV's have their place in our world. For the folks who can afford it and it fits in their daily travel it works great. I own a Volt myself and the last time I remember filling it up with gas was 3 months ago and I use my car every day for work and errands and driving friends.

In comparison to my Corolla 05 that I owned, the car is so quiet that it reminds me of when I was a kid on a bicycle out in the fresh air. While not a sports car it has a tremendous amount of off the line torque and you can use it without any fear of burning excessive amount of gas. I'm also reminded whenever I smell gas fumes from following another car on the road that I'm not making the situation worse for anyone else immediately around me. So yes there are obvious benefits.

A part of ensuring our energy futures is to ensure we have as many alternatives as possible, and not to be just vested in only one option. (oil). EV is only one option.

RE: Excellent
By Reclaimer77 on 8/2/2013 12:43:11 AM , Rating: 2
I just threw up in my mouth a little...

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