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Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide
October 24, 2016 – 7:18 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to fossil fuel today. Its …

WikiLeaks Emails Show How Clinton’s Campaign Chief Once Opened Doors for Energy Firm
October 20, 2016 – 2:24 pm | No Comment

by Kevin G. Hall (McClatchyDC)  Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief once opened doors at home and abroad for an alternative energy firm whose investors include a Vladimir Putin-supported Russian company.

These ties were highlighted last week when …

Liquid Fuel from the Sun: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide to Joule Unlimited
May 25, 2016 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to fossil fuel today. Its …

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2016 8-Slide Guide
January 19, 2016 – 5:52 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Joule is advancing a production platform for Liquid Fuel from the Sun, expected to eclipse the scale, productivity and cost efficiency of any known alternative to fossil fuel today. Its …

Biofuels Company Industrializes Photosynthesis
January 18, 2016 – 9:19 pm | No Comment

by Holly Jessen (Ethanol Producer Magazine)  For eight years, Joule has been working under the radar to develop and commercialize its CO2-to-fuel technology. —  When it comes to ethanol production volumes per acre of land, …

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2015 Visual Guide
October 21, 2015 – 9:38 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  For a number of years, readers all over the world have been following the fortunes of Joule Unlimited, in and out of stealth, and its goal of making hydrocarbons directly …

Tailpipe to Tank
September 14, 2015 – 6:21 pm | No Comment

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Stuart Licht has designed the ultimate recycling machine. The solar reactor that he and colleagues built in his lab at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., takes carbon dioxide (CO2) …

Conjuring Chemical Cornucopias out of Thin Air
September 14, 2015 – 6:08 pm | No Comment

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Liquid fuels aren’t the only things made from oil. Chemical companies start with oil to make thousands of different products, including plastics and pharmaceuticals. Most of these other commodities are …

Solar Fuels: Making Hydrocarbon Fuels Directly from CO2 and Sunlight
July 7, 2015 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Drop-in Hydrocarbon fuels made directly by plants? Here. we look at the science and risks of turning an “ability” into an “industrial reality”.

It’s common knowledge that terrestrial plants (and many …

Joule Wins Key Patent for Direct Conversion of CO2 to Hydrocarbon Fuels
June 17, 2015 – 5:41 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, announced the issuance of an additional patent on the direct, continuous production of hydrocarbon fuels – extending its ability …

8 Hot Targets in Advanced Bioeconomy R&D
May 30, 2015 – 5:01 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) Fuels, chemicals, pathways, and microbes that could shake it all up …  (H)ere are 8 Hot Targets that we can point to that could be game-changers in the world of making …

Joule Raises $40M, as “Fuel from Thin Air” Preps for Commercial Scale in 2017.
May 11, 2015 – 9:42 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)   In Massachusetts, the remarkable journey of Joule Unlimited towards commercial-scale continued to add exciting chapters with the news that the company has closed on $40 million in private equity …

Oman Has Good Prospects for Microalgal Biofuel Production
December 15, 2014 – 1:50 pm | No Comment

by Santhosh Muthalath (Oman Observer)  The production of liquid fuels from biological material or ‘biomass’ is gaining popularity across the world. Factors such as climate change, rising fuel prices, political instability and depletion of petroleum …

All I Need is the Air That I Breathed: Microbial Dairies Using CO2, Sunlight and Water
December 5, 2014 – 2:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Take CO2, add water and an energy source: voila, Fuels & Chemicals from Microbial Dairies.  We revisit 3 top practitioners of the art and one outlier, and their progress.

There are a …

New Audi E-Fuels Project: E-Diesel from Air, Water and Green Electricity
November 26, 2014 – 5:34 pm | No Comment

(Audi)  New Audi activity in the development of CO2-neutral fuels; Pilot plant for e-diesel production opened in Dresden; Audi partnership with Climeworks and sunfire
Audi is active in the development of CO2-neutral, synthetic fuels. The latest project is …

Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real?
July 17, 2014 – 6:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Could a liquid fuel technology emerge that connects solar PV to the efficiency of electric engines — but, this time with long driving range and near-instant refueling instead of laborious …

Quantum Dots: a New Nanohighway to Renewable Fuels
August 15, 2013 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Using just CO2, sunlight and water – and some math right off Einsteins’ blackboard — researchers come up with a potential game-changing technology for making renewable fuels.

The National Science Foundation’s …

Burning Man, Burning Microbe: Biofuels beyond Biomass
October 15, 2012 – 5:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Are they biofuels? We think so – even if they are post-biomass. They do what organisms have done for eons to make biomass in the first place: convert lifeless CO2, …

Joule Commissions First SunSprings Plant to Demonstrate Commercial Readiness for Solar Fuels
September 12, 2012 – 12:47 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule announced the commissioning of its first SunSprings demonstration plant in Hobbs, New Mexico, where the company will prove its scalable platform for solar fuel production – the …

Dating Your Feedstock and Never Marrying: The 6 Hottest Ways to Alleviate Food vs Fuel
August 21, 2012 – 11:19 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  With the US drought, food vs fuel has returned as an issue.  What alternatives are scientists, entrepreneurs developing to take us beyond the old debate?

…1. Feedstock diversification.  In biofuels, it …

How Joule May Turn Biofuels Upside Down
July 20, 2012 – 4:24 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But some of the most interesting work being done today at Joule Unlimited is of the “Don’t Bee” type: progressively knocking out characteristics and pathways that create limitations on biofuels …

Innovative Pilot and Demonstration Scale Production of Advanced Biofuels
July 20, 2012 – 2:11 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The intent of this FOA is to identify, evaluate, and select innovative pilot- or demonstration-scale integrated biorefineries that can produce hydrocarbon fuels that meet military specifications for JP-5 (jet fuel primarily …

Biological Switch Paves Way for Improved Biofuel Production
July 18, 2012 – 4:11 pm | No Comment

(PhysOrg) Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London have discovered a mechanism that controls the way that organisms breathe or photosynthesise, potentially paving the way for improved biofuel production.  READ MORE   and MORE (EarthSky.org)  Abstract

US Loses $10.4 Million After Failures in Clean-Energy Research
February 16, 2012 – 8:32 am | No Comment

by Brian Wingfield (Bloomberg)  The United States lost $10.4 million on six clean-energy projects, including biofuel research at Iowa State University, that were suspended for missing performance milestones, according to the Energy Department.

…Iowa State spent about …

Request for Information (RFI) on Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0000671 for Chemo/electro-autotrophic Synthesis of Liquid Fuels at Scale
February 13, 2012 – 10:14 am | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration to inform the possible development of future chemo/electro-autotrophic fuel production programs.  Information obtained may be used …

Joule Picks New Mexico Site for Solar Fuel Project; Now Competitive with $20/Barrel Diesel?
May 6, 2011 – 9:05 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, Joule reported that they have signed a lease for 1,200 acres in Lea County, New Mexico, with the potential to scale the project up to 5,000 acres for …

Joule on Pace to Produce Solar Fuels at Productivities Far Exceeding Those of All Known Biofuel Processes
February 22, 2011 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

(Joule)  Peer-reviewed article addresses the advances made by Joule to achieve direct, continuous conversion of solar energy to renewable diesel at 15,000 gallons/acre/year

Joule Unlimited, Inc., pioneer of Liquid Fuel from the Sun™, today supported the high-productivity …

University of Cincinnati Research Wins 2010 Earth Award For Biofuel-Producing Foam
October 8, 2010 – 4:47 pm | No Comment

(HealthNews)An artificial photosynthetic foam developed at the University of Cincinnati has won the 2010 Earth Award.    David Wendell, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering and civil and environmental engineering, received the award for the foam, …

Joule Unlimited: ‘Fuel from Thin Air’ Comes Closer, Clearer
August 23, 2010 – 10:33 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Massachusetts, the secretive Joule Unlimited (then known as Joule Biotechnologies) emerged late last year from “stealth mode” with the startling announcement that their technology could produce up to 15,000 gallons …