Cool Planet BioFuels says it has received approval from the California Air Resources Board to begin fleet testing of its ‘negative carbon’ gasoline.
The company's first road tests will involve combining its fuel with standard E-10 gasoline. Cool Planet says its fuel is chemically identical to traditional gasoline and compatible with any gasoline-fueled automobile.
The technology converts low-grade biomass, such as grass and woodchips, into high-grade fuel. The process also produces a byproduct that can be used to sequester carbon and act as a soil conditioner, thus making the product a negative-carbon fuel, the company says.
Cool Planet adds that it plans to test the product in commercial fleets over the next several months before the fuel is released to the general public.