GM and Segway have teamed up before the New York Auto Show on what they’re calling the PUMA project. The prototype vehicle was exclusively unveiled today on the Today Show in the States. Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility is what I believe PUMA stands for. Outside of NBC’s Today Show this morning was a demonstration of the PUMA project developed by GM in partnership with Segway, knowing how popular the tv show is, not surprisingly lots of fans and viewers turned up to see the PUMA in action.

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I believe this sort of thing should relate to latest technology, afterall it is technology combined with clever scientist brains that’s making this possible right?

Solazyme is a synthetic biology company that’s been working on development of biodiesels for the past three years. Their main research has been aimed at unleashing renewable energy / power from tiny marine microbes locked up in the cages within their labs, the fuel produced which is then harvested are sold for use as industrial chemicals and to specialty ingredient markets.

So what’s the news? Solazyme has announced that it has produced the world’s first algae based jet fuel! The product passed all testing specifications for Aviation Turbine Fuel, which means that the aviation kerosene has passed all the major hurdles to creating a jet fuel that is compatible with the current commercial and military infrastructure.

While Solazyme isn’t the only company working on algae aviation fuel, they are the closest to achieving large-scale production which have actually passed through all the necessary tests (measurements for density, thermal oxidative stability, flashpoint, freezing point, etc…) and regulations, so that’s why they’ve now claimed the title as the world’s first. Though it sounds pretty disgusting to hear that jets will be feeding off algae poo, at least it’s eco-friendly and renewable!

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In emergency situations, access to traditional fossil fuels can be limited and difficult.

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