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From Sun to Pump: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel
June 21, 2017 – 9:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Arizona State’s Wim Vermaas gave this illuminating overview of Direct Photosynthetic Production of Biodiesel by Decoupled Cyanobacteria at the 2017 DOE Project Peer Review sessions.   READ MORE

Fuels from Thin Air: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Soletair Technology
June 13, 2017 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The Soletair process, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology, is using carbon dioxide and solar power to produce renewable fuels and chemicals and …

CO2 Capture for Use: The Digest’s 2016 Multi-Slide Guide to Antecy
November 10, 2016 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Capturing and concentrate (ambient) CO2 at low prices for direct use and production of fuels and chemicals, using solar or wind energy. That’s Antecy. With the help of an organic, non-amine …

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 …

Inexpensive Semiconducting Organic Polymers Can Harvest Sunlight to Split Carbon Dioxide into Alcohol Fuels
September 21, 2016 – 2:32 pm | No Comment

by Louisa Kellie  (Phys.Org)  Chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon …

Burning “Liquid Sunlight” Instead of Fossil Fuels Is Getting Closer to Reality
June 8, 2016 – 3:29 pm | No Comment

by David Roberts (Vox)  … However, some uses of energy are not easy to electrify in the short term, maybe even in the long term. They rely on energy-dense liquid fuels. So if we’re ever going to …

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 …

Ethanol Evil No More?
May 29, 2015 – 5:27 pm | No Comment

by Kelly Taylor  (Chronicle Herald) …  Still, ethanol does have some advantages, including lower net greenhouse gas emissions due to its recycling of carbon-dioxide emitted by today’s plants (or factories), as opposed to oil, which is …

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 …

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 …

Biofuel Survivor Joule Lands New CEO, Plans Larger CO2-to-Fuel Plants
November 21, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment

by Martin LaMonica  (Xconomy)  The list of advanced biofuel companies that failed to live up to their ambitions is long and discouraging. Joule Unlimited, though, appears to be making progress despite the headwinds of skeptical investors …

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 …

Seeking Delta: Biofuels, Algae, Natgas, CO2 and the Finding of True Value
September 9, 2013 – 11:06 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … “What you really are in the business of,” Aemetis CEO Eric McAfee reflects, “is capturing the arbitrage between the commodity price of your most expensive feedstock — and the price …

Water + Sunshine = Fuel as Lab in California Chases Dream: Cars
August 23, 2013 – 12:00 pm | No Comment

by Alan Ohnsman (Bloomberg) …Mimicking the way plants turn sunlight and carbon dioxide in the air into energy and oxygen, the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis at the California Institute of Technology is in a race to …

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, …

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 …

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 …