There’s going green, and then there’s this: a motorcycle made of wood that runs on an engine that burns algae oil. This motorcycle was a project of a couple of guys from the Netherlands, designer Ritsert Mans and scientist Peter Mooji. The bike was built to accompany Mooji’s new book, titled “De Dikke Alg,” or “The Thick Algae,” which examines the role algae could play in a sustainable future.
The two friends hatched a plan to produce a wooden motorcycle that runs on algae oil. Mans developed the motorcycle while Mooji grew algae and harvested it for fuel. The chassis is made of wood, including its funky-looking single-sided front end. Mans then took the motorcycle out for its first test run on a beach:
Here’s a clip of the engine starting up for the first time:
Posted by Ritsert Mans on Friday, May 5, 2017
De Dikke Alg is available now, though only in Dutch.