Over the past 10 years, dozens of start-ups were formed to make biofuels to displace oil. But many companies have found that the fuels business is tough to crack and, because it's a commodity business, difficult to undercut petroleum oil on price. That's why
One company with a diversified product strategy is Solazyme which grows sugar-fed algae in industrial fermenters to make diesel fuel, industrial chemicals, nutritional oil, or skin care products. Pictured here is oil for cooking.
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May 9, 2011 4:00 AM PDT
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| Caption by: Martin LaMonica
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