Vehicle in Ventura ‘Brings Us One Step Closer to Commercializing’
Camarillo, Calif.-based Cool Planet is talking up the successful trial of its biomass-derived synthetic gasoline with the Ventura County Parks Department. There, officials ran a 5% blend of Cool Planet’s renewable, low-carbon gasoline for during their normal operations six weeks.
“Today’s milestone brings us one step closer to commercializing our drop-in ready, cellulosic gasoline technology and improving the yields of commercial agriculture,” Cool Planet CEO Howard Janzen said in a release.
Cool Planet wants to produce gasoline and jet fuel, as well as “soil-enhancing biochar,” at small-scale biorefineries based on non-food biomass.
“Our reliance on foreign oil and greenhouse gas emissions are problems that must be addressed, and Cool Planet has demonstrated with Ventura County that we can deliver solutions,” Janzen said.
“Our vehicle test with Cool Planet marks a critical first step in finding a clean energy solution for the County of Ventura and beyond,” County of Ventura vehicle fleet manager Dennis Scamardo says in the Cool Planet announcement.
“Smog tests of the demonstration vehicle showed identical results to control vehicles while carbon-dating highlighted the renewable sourcing of fuel carbon,” said Cool Planet strategic partnerships VP Mike Rocke.
The test vehicle was a Ford Escape SUV, Scamardo told F&F.
Commercial Production Planned for Louisiana
Cool Planet says it can produce as much as 200,000 gallons of biofuel per year through the R&D and pilot equipment currently in place. The company is planning a commercial facility in Alexandria, La. that will be able to produce as much as 10 million gallons of renewable fuel per year.
The firm says that its process “can be carbon negative, removing up to 150% of the carbon footprint for every gallon used, reversing the consequences of fossil fuels.”
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