Tugboat to run on euglena biodiesel fuel

If your first question reading the title is: “Euglena as in the algae Euglena?” then you are not wrong.

The Euglena Biodiesel fuel is considered a next-generation renewable fuel produced with used cooking oil and Euglena, a type of algae similar to brown seaweed and sea tangle.

In recent years, the versatile phototrophic protist Euglena gracilis has emerged as an interesting candidate for application-driven research and commercialization, its lipids (mainly wax esters) being considered suitable for biodiesel and jet fuel.

Yesterday, in the Port of Nagoya, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Euglena Co., announced the completion of a successful sea trial, of the tugboat 13 Tamashio using the next-generation renewable biodiesel fuel developed by Euglena Co.

It has been shown on many occasions that marine diesel engines can run on next-generation fuels with no to little modifications. The Euglena biodiesel fuel is described to be a low-environmental impact fuel, which conforms to SOx regulations because unlike conventional heavy fuel oil, it contains no sulfur. It also produces significantly lower levels of greenhouse gases (GHGs) during combustion compared to fossil-derived fuels. The only downside would be at the stage, the extra costs in growing the large quantities of algae.

The euglena biodiesel fuel used in the test was transported from the Euglena Co. plant for production of bio jet/diesel fuels in Yokohama and supplied to the 13 Tamashio in berth at the Nagoya Port Garden Pier.

Congratulations MOL and Euglena Co. for working together to reduce the maritime industry’s environmental impact and realize a sustainable global society, while moving ahead with environment-friendly activities.