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Department
Geography
Course
Geography 3422A/B
Professor
Milford Green
Semester
Fall

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Biofuel Firms Find a Market in Chemicals 11/7/2012 5:44:00 PM Some Biofuel Firms Find a Market for the Products in Chemicals  Produce oil from algae, wood scraps, and other nonfood sources  Downside is that it is expensive  Solazyme Inc., Blue Fire Renewables Inc. and Gevo Inc are using their technology to create personal-care products and raw materials for chemical companies  Best way to obtain the millions of dollars in capital needed to ramp up fuel production  Aware of Trade-Offs o Solazyme grows genetically modified algae that secrete oil o Some of its algae oils could replace the ingredients found in skin care products, food supplements and industrial chemicals o Markets its products for nonfuel use o Ingredients for cosmetic products are low volume with high margins  With fuels if you can meet specs and meet cost, you’ll sell as much as you can make  Eye on Fuel o Blue Fire Renewables coverts waste material into sugars that can then be processed into
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