Mazda plans to use algae biofuelsApril 5, 2020
The Japanese automaker believes that you can not abandon the traditional internal combustion engines. Instead of regular gasoline and diesel fuel, algae-based biofuels can be used.
Since some countries are seriously thinking about abandoning the use of gasoline / diesel engines in the coming decades, many believe that the internal combustion engine may disappear altogether. But Japanese automaker Mazda thinks differently – the company supports a number of research projects that are aimed at exploring the possibility of using biofuels.
The company, which is well known for its sports car with a rotary engine and an MX-5 roadster, says it believes that algae-based biofuels are a worthy analogue of conventional gasoline or diesel. Internal combustion engines should become carbon neutral.
Mazda says this is because when biofuels are burned from algae, only carbon dioxide is released, which was absorbed from the atmosphere by the algae as they grew.
According to the automaker, this is not the only advantage. “Algal” fuel can be grown on unsuitable agricultural lands, grown without the need to expend large volumes of fresh water, and use only salt and wastewater. Algae-based biofuels are also biodegradable and less harmful to the environment.
Nevertheless, Mazda says that this type of fuel is still in need of improvement, while efforts are being made to increase its efficiency and reduce the cost of its creation – both of which will be crucial in the effort to make such fuel commercially available.
Mazda said in a statement that the introduction of biofuels will be important, as the company expects to continue to use internal combustion engines with electric motors in about 95% of its cars in 2030. The company also expects liquid fuels to remain “dominant” in the automotive sector until 2040.
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