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Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene
September 21, 2017 – 3:05 pm | No Comment

(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)  Solar-to-Fuel System Recycles CO2 to Make Ethanol and Ethylene  —  Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon …

Markus Ribbe and Yilin Hu: Brewing Biofuel from Bacteria
August 31, 2017 – 6:01 pm | No Comment

by Wendy Wolfson (University of California Irvine Applied Innovation)  In a high-ceiling room in professor Markus Ribbe’s lab, a giant still emits pungent vapors from fermenting bacteria. Ribbe, chancellor’s professor of molecular biology and biochemistry …

Heat Death: Joule Unlimited Collapses as Oil Prices Flag, Time Passes, Pressure Mounts
July 19, 2017 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of the more striking outcomes from the DOE Bioeconomy 2017 conference in Washington DC was confirmation of the demise of Joule Unlimited. “We had a lot of prospects last …

Biofuels beyond Corn: The Pathway from CO2, Water and Electricity to Liquid Fuels
July 5, 2017 – 10:52 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … There’s been the cellulosic wave, then waste — and alongside there has been steady progress in what are known as the electrofuels. These are fuels made directly from CO2, water …

Stanford Discovery Could Lead to Sustainable Source of the Fuel Additive Ethanol
June 21, 2017 – 10:44 am | No Comment

by Mark Schwartz (Stanford News)  Most of the fuel additive ethanol used in the U.S. is made from corn. But new research reveals that copper can turn carbon dioxide into ethanol without using corn or …

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

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 …

For Cars of the Future, the Fuels They Need, Today, from Algae
October 28, 2016 – 2:37 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Of all the many wonders at the Algae Biomass Summit this week, perhaps there was nothing more interesting in terms of the Department of Energy’s laudable attention to the sector …

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 …

Weird Science: How to Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Renewable Biofuel
August 30, 2016 – 11:51 pm | No Comment

by David Dittman (Wall Street Daily) … ClimateWire recently reported that scientists have engineered a bacterium that can turn carbon dioxide (CO2) into fuel in a single, enzyme-catalyzed metabolic step.
Summarizing a paper published on August 22, …

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 …

Major Regulatory Milestones in First Quarter Set Joule Up for Commercial Success
April 8, 2016 – 2:10 pm | No Comment

(Joule/BusinessWire)  EPA Qualifies Joule Ethanol Under Clean Air Act  —  Joule, the pioneer of drop-in liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced major accomplishments in the first quarter of 2016 that are accelerating the commercialization …

China Team Identifies New Thermophilic Bacterium for Direct Production of Ethanol from Brown Algae
April 4, 2016 – 6:42 pm | No Comment

(GreenCarCongress)  Researchers from the Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Synthetic Biology, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences have identified and characterized the first thermophilic bacterium capable (Defluviitalea phaphyphila) of direct …

Is It the perfect Energy Solution? Where Solar, Carbon Capture and Bio Collide
March 23, 2016 – 12:32 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  One of these days your personal transportation system might look like this. A solar or wind energy facility generates renewable electricity, which is converted into a solar fuel using electrofuel …

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, …

Electrofuels Update: Patent Granted for CO2-to-Gasoline Process
December 28, 2015 – 12:53 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In Maryland, the US Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 9,217,161for a process to ferment biomass or gases directly to hydrocarbons like hexane and octane.  The process belongs to …

HeidelbergCement, Joule Exploring Carbon-Neutral Fuels from Cement CO2
December 15, 2015 – 12:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The quest for affordable, sustainable, point-sourced CO2 brings Joule to Germany and the cement business. Here’s the how and why.
Most of the time, power plants get the attention when it …

11 Top Low-Carbon Fuel Players, WCSBD Publish COP 21 Guide to Slashing Transport-Based Greenhouse Gas Emissions
November 24, 2015 – 11:48 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest) In Switzerland, 11 leading low carbon fuel companies present a comprehensive guide that identifies a variety of available and accessible low carbon fuel solutions.

Today, only 3% of transportation fuels are low …

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 …

8 Ways around the Big, Bad Oxygen Problem in the Advanced Bioeconomy Parts 1 and 2
October 14, 2015 – 10:34 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  In the terrestrial world, oxygen is colorless, odorless, and try to get through an hour without some.  In the Bioeconomy Cinematic Universe, oxygen is harder than steel, heavier than a …

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 …

The Above Ground Oil Field: or, Why $65 and $94 Oil Are Inflection Points for Renewable Fuels
September 8, 2015 – 7:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Unlimited oil production, no exploration risk, positive on environment, cheaper than unconventional US crude — what’s not to like about certain biofuels?
This year, Joule Unlimited noted that a “10,000 acre …

Top 10 Low Carbon Fuels Made from Greenhouse Gases All Around You
September 2, 2015 – 5:42 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  No fossil fuel, no biomass, low carbon, no kidding. —  …  The top 10 new technologies.
Note: Some amazing technologies such as Industrial Microbes, Trelys, Kiverdi and Mango Materials fell outside the …

Joule Unlimited: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
August 24, 2015 – 10:41 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  1. Who are Joule? 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 …

Ginkgo Bioworks: The Digest’s 2015 8-Slide Guide
July 27, 2015 – 1:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Who are they? “Nature’s biodiversity holds answers to challenges in health, energy, food, materials, and more,” they say. “Organism Engineers at Ginkgo learn from Nature to develop new organisms that …

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 …

US Poised for Biobased Chemicals Breakout, Says National Research Council
April 6, 2015 – 2:16 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Though challenges remain, particularly in affordable feedstock, the US National Research Council says “Despite impressive recent and projected growth, the manufacturing of chemicals using biological synthesis and engineering could expand …

You Can Turn E.Coli Bacteria into Microscopic Fuel Factories
December 30, 2014 – 4:00 pm | No Comment

by Mark Hay (Good Magazine)  At some point in your life, Escherichia coli has probably brought you to your knees topray to the porcelain god. Common bacteria that often live harmlessly in the guts of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Biofuels’ 10 Scariest Challenges: Part 2 of 2
August 21, 2013 – 8:08 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Upstream, downstream, processing, policy, finance – opportunities and challenges abound in the bioeconomy – but which challenges are the most intractable and daunting of them all?   In today’s part 2, …

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 …

Joule Announces BNEF Award, and Progress with Gasoline, Jet Fuel
April 26, 2013 – 3:45 pm | No Comment

by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine)  On April 23 Joule Unlimited announced it was selected as a 2013 Bloomberg New Energy Pioneer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The award aims to recognize game-changing clean energy companies. …

Go Wet, Young Friend
April 5, 2013 – 11:03 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …One of the perplexities of our time: why solar systems are so photon-efficient and so troubled in energy storage; conversely, how biomass systems are so photon-inefficient yet have magnificently dense …

Scientists Trick Iron-Eating Bacteria into “Breathing” Electrons in Effort to Create Biofuels
February 25, 2013 – 2:54 pm | No Comment

by Lidija Grozdanic   (Inhabitat.com) …Scientists Daniel Bond, Zarath Summers and Jeffrey Gralnick of the University of Minnesota’s BioTechnology Institute used the co-called electrochemical cultivation to grow iron-oxidizing bacteria without any presence of iron. By adding …

80% CO2 Reduction Targeted by Joint Audi-Joule Fuel Program
January 1, 2013 – 5:19 pm | No Comment

by Bob Brooks (Automotive Industries)  It was announced in September 2012 that Audi and Joule Unlimited had formed a joint effort to commercialize Joule’s unique synthetic diesel & ethanol fuel technology based on microorganisms (www.jouleunlimited.com). …

Game-Changers: Could Electrofuel Euphoria Exceed Natural Gas Glee?
December 9, 2012 – 9:26 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  The first patent issued out of ARPA-E’s electrofuels program suggests that this technology class is heading for the short-list of “next big thing” in energy conversations.
…Or, that participants were aware …

Everyday Low (Fuel) Prices: Drop-In Advanced Biofuels for under $100 per Barrel
November 12, 2012 – 12:36 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Brent Crude trades this past week at a transorbital $109 per barrel (West Texas Intermediate at a suborbital, if high, $85).  It puts the conventional wisdom that biofuels are too …

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, …

The Sherpas: 7 Biofuels Feedstock Developers Clearing Paths to the Summit
October 15, 2012 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Every great biofuels technology has its own companion feedstock strategy – with unique advantages and technical challenges.  Who’s got what it takes to be a great Sherpa, providing that feedstock …

NREL Produces Ethylene via Photosynthesis
October 2, 2012 – 4:39 pm | No Comment

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory/Ethanol Producer Magazine)  Scientists at the U.S. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have demonstrated a better way to use photosynthesis to produce ethylene, a breakthrough that could change the way materials, chemicals, …

Ancient Diatoms Could Make Biofuels, Electronics, and Health Food
September 19, 2012 – 10:51 am | No Comment

(Oregon State University)  Diatoms, tiny marine life forms that have been around since the dinosaurs, could finally make biofuel production from algae truly cost-effective – because they can simultaneously produce other valuable products such as …

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 …

Natural Gas and Electrofuels: One-Stop Shopping for Energy Independence
August 8, 2012 – 2:56 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Fewer people know that natural gas is a platform for producing ethanol – either through fermentation or catalytic conversion (typically via methanol) – and drop-in fuels using the methanol-to-gasoline method …

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 …

From Soil Microbe to Super-Efficient Biofuel Factory?
May 7, 2012 – 2:27 pm | No Comment

by Dan Krotz  (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Berkeley Lab-led team explores a way to create biofuels, minus the photosynthesis
Is there a new path to biofuels hiding in a handful of dirt? Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley …

Tom Murphy Interview: Resource Depletion is a Bigger Threat than Climate Change
March 29, 2012 – 1:45 pm | No Comment

by James Stafford (OilPrice.com)  Rising geopolitical tensions and high oil prices are continuing to help renewable energy find favour amongst investors and politicians. Yet how much faith should we place in renewables to make up …

Synthetic Fuel Firm Targets International Adoption
March 13, 2012 – 5:40 pm | No Comment

by Bob Brooks (Automotive Industries)  Possibly the most innovative new synthetic fuel, developed by privately financed Joule Unlimited, has proven the cost effectiveness of its system during 18 months at a pilot plant in Arizona. …

Hemingway’s Cats and Tobacco Road
February 29, 2012 – 10:22 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  New ideas on growing hydrocarbons directly in the field tap ancient ideas of agriculture, and ancient capabilities trapped deep in the genome
…A good part of the work of modern genetics …

Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy Requests Industry Comment on Future Funding Solicitations Totaling More than $100 Million
February 23, 2012 – 6:45 pm | No Comment

(Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)  The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) recently released three Requests for Information (RFIs) related to more than $100 million in anticipated future funding opportunities. The RFIs encourage …

Glasgow Biofuels Scientist Unfurls ‘Electric Leaf’
February 20, 2012 – 11:23 am | No Comment

by Clive Cookson (Financial Times)  Scottish scientists have found a more efficient way to make biofuels, using electricity rather than sunlight.
Their “electric leaf” is based on photosynthetic bacteria whose biochemistry has been changed through radical …

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 …

When Bio and Solar Converge: 6 Hot Projects at the Bio-Solar-Electric Frontier
February 3, 2012 – 10:54 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  … When it comes down to it, a living organism such as a plant is an incredibly sophisticated next-gen solar panel, harvesting light as well as CO2, water and nutrients …

Joule Unlimited, CPFD Software Win State Job Training Funds
January 25, 2012 – 2:29 pm | No Comment

by  Megan Kamerick  (New Mexico Business Weekly)  …The JTIP board approved $263,542.58 for Joule Unlimited    to create 20 jobs. The company is building the first phase of its commercial plant in Hobbs on land owned by the state …

Algae-Based Fuels May Soon Gush from the Desert
January 18, 2012 – 10:24 am | No Comment

by by Kevin Robinson-Avila  (New Mexico Business Weekly)  Algae ponds are starting to color New Mexico’s desert landscape green.
Sapphire Energy Inc., which uses a proprietary process to turn algae oil into renewable gasoline to replace fossil …

Whiskey from Soda: Jraises $70M, Heads for Commercialization
January 18, 2012 – 9:30 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …So, along comes Joule. It’s a known fact that some microorganisms could be modified or evolved to ferment gaseous carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide. Combine that with some hydrogen taken …

Gen2 Biofuel Feedstocks: The Coming Surge in Energy Crops and Cellulosic Sugars
January 12, 2012 – 1:31 pm | No Comment

by Pavel Molchanov (Raymond James)  As energy investors know well, it is much better to own the oil than to refine it. In other words, the bulk of the value is in the upstream of the …

The 7 Paths of the New Agriculture
January 6, 2012 – 4:27 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …But the New Agriculture has arisen in recent years, with new solutions to the old dilemma: how do you produce, and afford, and haul, and utilize enough feedstock to make …

New Biofuel Production Technologies: Overview of These Expanding Sectors and the Challenges Facing Them
December 30, 2011 – 1:30 pm | No Comment

(IFP Energies Nouvelles)  The numerous research programmes looking at new-generation biofuels that were initiated over the last ten years are now starting to bear fruit. Although no plants are producing and
marketing biofuels yet, the large-scale, industrial …

The 10 Top Unanswered Biofuels Questions for 2011
December 14, 2011 – 9:07 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Your calls and emails are always the highlight of our days. Most questions can be answered johnny-on-the-spot. Some are still out there and well worth arguing over. Here are the …

Turning Over a New Leaf
November 18, 2011 – 10:39 am | No Comment

by Robert F. Service (Science Magazine)  Electricity is difficult to store on a large scale, making the effort to store sunlight’s energy in chemical fuels one of the grand challenges of the 21st century. Today the …

Society of Biological Engineering’s Conference on ElectroFuels Research
November 15, 2011 – 2:00 pm | No Comment

by Vidya Ramanathan (Advanced Biofuels USA)  A clear view of coppery miniature treetops, brilliant skies and shimmering coastline.  This is the sight that welcomed the attendees of the first ever conference on ElectroFuels, conducted by the …

Construction to Begin on New Mexico Biofuels Plant
November 15, 2011 – 10:01 am | No Comment

(Ventura County Star/AP)  … Joule Unlimited Inc. plans to convert sunlight and carbon dioxide waste into biofuel at the planned facility in Hobbs. The plant is expected to begin operations in 2012.
…State officials say Joule …

No-Kill Farming: The Rise of Low-Cost, Low-Carbon Biofuels through Continuous Harvest
November 3, 2011 – 9:14 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  Does continuous harvest, and direct production from CO2 and water, offer a transformative, no-kill way to improve the carbon and dollar economics of biofuels? Can the dairy model work?
…In beef …

Technologies and Fuels of the Future – A Panel Discussion
September 28, 2011 – 11:33 am | No Comment

by Vidya Ramanathan (Advanced Biofuels USA)  “Artificial leaf, Nanowires and Biomass – Are these the fuels and technologies of the future?  Emerging from the BP Gulf Oil spill, and witnessing the post-quake-tsunami nuclear-reactor incidents in …

Electrofuels Research November 6-9, 2011 Providence, RI
August 26, 2011 – 11:16 am | No Comment
Electrofuels Research     November 6-9, 2011     Providence, RI

In order to ensure our national security, it is imperative that we change the way we produce and use energy. To aid this goal, SBE is initiating a new Conference series on Electrofuels Research to be …

South Dakota Research Project Could Help Colonize Space
July 29, 2011 – 7:38 am | No Comment

(NewsWise/South Dakota State University)   Humans may move one step closer to colonizing space thanks to a new research project that NASA is funding at South Dakota State University, the South Dakota School of Mines and …

Joule Awarded Patents for High-Volume Ethanol Production from Sunlight and CO2
July 28, 2011 – 11:23 am | No Comment

(American Fuels)  Joule Unlimited Technologies today (July 27, 2011) announced the issuance of its first two U.S. patents covering its fundamental method for producing ethanol at volumes and efficiencies far surpassing biomass-dependent processes.
The patents relate …

12 Synthetic Biology Biofuel & Biochemical Companies to Watch
July 13, 2011 – 9:01 am | No Comment

by Chris de Morsella (Green Economy Post)    A detailed review of 12 U.S. based synthetic biology, biofuel & biochemical companies that are developing third and fourth generation biofuels, bioindustrial & household chemical, and food additive products; using synthetic …

X-Fuels and X-Bugs
July 6, 2011 – 7:58 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …There are a class of fuels that are deeply rooted in biological process, and share the goal of replacing fossil fuels with low-carbon substitutes, but are not strictly biofuels.
Huh? Well, …

Bacteria as Biofuel: It’s Coming
June 9, 2011 – 10:28 am | No Comment

by Jason Kennedy (IT World)  One company figured out a way to turn the byproduct of a genetically modified bacteria into biofuel.
…A Cambridge, MA based company, Joule Unlimited, however, thinks that race might be over …

A Renewable Twist on Fossil Fuels
May 16, 2011 – 2:39 pm | No Comment

by Tracey Bryant (University of Delaware)  Pulling valuable fuels out of thin air? It sounds like magic, but Joel Rosenthal, a chemist at the University of Delaware, is working to transform carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse …

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 …

Phytonix Corporation Obtains Global License for a Revolutionary Biofuels Technology to Replace Gasoline
March 14, 2011 – 7:03 am | No Comment

(Morningstar Business Wire/Phytonix) Asheville, NC-based Phytonix Corporation now owns the exclusive worldwide licensing rights for a cutting-edge technology to create an environmentally friendly fuel that replaces gasoline. It also has partnered with a top European University laboratory …

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 …

Researchers Develop Reactor to Make Fuel from Sunlight
December 31, 2010 – 1:04 pm | No Comment

by Damian Carrington (The Guardian)  Scientists raise hopes for a large-scale renewable source of liquid fuel with a simple reactor that mimics plants
A simple reactor that mimics plants by turning sunlight into fuel has been …

The Culturing Revolution: LanzaTech Extends to Chemicals as Year of SynthBio Gains Pace
August 24, 2010 – 8:47 am | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  LanzaTech announced that it has produced 2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD), a key building block used to make polymers, plastics and hydrocarbon fuels, using the company’s waste steel gas fermentation technology.
LanzaTech is a …

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 …

Third and Fourth Generation Biofuels: Technologies, Markets and Economics Through 2015
August 23, 2010 – 10:12 am | No Comment

(GTM Research)  …In this report, we focus on “third-generation” algae biofuels and “fourth-generation” biofuels that are either created using petroleum-like hydroprocessing, advanced bio-chemistry, or revolutionary processes like Joule’s “solar-to-fuel” method that defies any other category …

10 Top Solar Biofuels Projects
August 20, 2010 – 3:43 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …Aside from the general observation that nearly all energy systems ultimately are based on today’s or yesterday’s solar energy (only geothermal and nuclear power are distinct exceptions), a new generation …

California Team to Receive up to $122 Million for Energy Innovation Hub to Develop Method to Produce Fuels from Sunlight
July 23, 2010 – 12:27 pm | No Comment

(US Department of Energy)  California Institute of Technology to lead team in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and other California institutions
As part of a broad effort to achieve breakthrough innovations in energy production, U.S. …

Arizona Makes Tax Credits Available for Solar-to-Biofuel Projects
June 26, 2010 – 12:05 pm | No Comment

(BrighterEnergy.com)  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed new legislation that makes tax credits available for projects that use algae to turn sunlight and carbon dioxide into biofuels.
…The new legislation specifies that qualified research includes only …

NC State Wins ARPA-E Grant To Study Extremophile Production Of Biofuels
May 12, 2010 – 2:43 pm | No Comment

(North Carolina State University)  The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E) has awarded a grant for more than $2.7 million to North Carolina State University to support research into the creation of biofuels …

TR10: Solar Fuel: Designing the Perfect Renewable Fuel
April 26, 2010 – 11:45 am | No Comment

by Kevin Bullis  (Technology Review, MIT)   When Noubar Afeyan, the CEO of Flagship Ventures in Cambridge, MA, set out to invent the ideal renewable fuel, he decided to eliminate the middleman. Biofuels ultimately come from …

Sneak-Peek at “Fuel from Thin Air”: Joule Biotechnologies and Its “Game-Changing Technology”
March 16, 2010 – 4:06 pm | No Comment

by Jim Lane (Biofuels Digest)  …In the Joule technology, biomass is not used as an intermediate. Via a solar converter unit, the microorganism obtains carbon and oxygen by fixing atmospheric CO2 or utilizing direct fed …