Mazd announced its support for several research projects that develop sustainable algae-based biofuels. In the future, it is planned to start a large-scale release.
- Hiroshima University and Tokyo Institute of Technology are working to create a new fuel for internal combustion engines derived from seaweed. When burned, the fuel releases only the amount of carbon dioxide that was previously absorbed from the atmosphere by algae during the growth process. Thanks to this, the fuel is neutral in terms of harmful emissions.
- In addition to environmental friendliness, among the advantages of the new type of fuel is the unpretentiousness of algae that can grow in regions unsuitable for other types of agriculture. They do not need fresh water to water them. Fuel based on them is biodegradable and non-hazardous in the event of a spill.
The main problem with new algae biofuels is the high cost of production compared to conventional gasoline and diesel. If it can be solved, then Mazd plans to use the new fuel on 95 percent of cars by 2030. This will make it possible to continue to produce cars with internal combustion engines at least until the 2040s.