I’ve noticed a couple of fascinating blurbs from Popular Mechanics recently about cutting edge technology in automobile fuels and Formula 1 (F1) race car design. The best thing about both of them is that the technology either has the financing to be developed (Green Crude) or has been developed (Delta Wing). “Green Crude” is about algae being converted to an oil-like substance, while the Delta Wing is a F1 class car that raced at the 24 Hours of LeMans earlier this year.
Sapphire Energy grows algae to make oil molecularly similar to light sweet crude oil that can be processed by refineries making gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Expected price by 2014–$85 barrel. Supported by $144 million in recent investment (Popular Mechanics October 2012). The expected volume of production is 1.5 million gallons.
The Delta Wing F1 Car
Half the Weight, Half the Fuel, All the Speed!