Solazyme, Inc., has won a 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for Greener Synthetic Pathways for its tailored oils produced from microalgal fermentation.
According to the summary on the awards website:
"Solazyme’s technology combines the innate oil-producing machinery of algae with genetic engineering to express the unparalleled diversity of oil production genes. Consequently, Solazyme has the potential to produce a nearly unlimited variety of differentiated triglyceride oils while dramatically reducing the time required to produce these oils. Solazyme has screened tens of thousands of microalgae to identify the unique oils they produce with a broad array of chemical and physical properties. In several commercial applications, Solazyme demonstrated that their oils and lubricants reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and waste compared to use of regular vegetable oils. Solazyme’s oils are currently being tested and sold commercially for use in a broad array of applications, including food, fuel, home and personal care, and industrial products."
You can read the full summary of this technology and view a podcast at http://www2.epa.gov/green-chemistry/2014-greener-synthetic-pathways-award.
The annual Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards are sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute and other members of the chemical community including industry, trade associations, academic institutions, and other government agencies.
Story source: EPA website