Joule Unlimited is a biotechnology company in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It “produces clean, infrastructure-compatible fuels directly from sunlight and waste CO2 in a single-step, continuous process that requires no costly biomass intermediates, processing or dependency on precious natural resources.”
I become more fascinated by some new technologies at the same rate I become afraid of other energy technologies like ‘hydrofraking.’ We need to look at the implications of the whole system and hydrofraking puts our water supply at risk.
According to a press release “Joule’s Helioculture™ platform converts sunlight and waste CO2 directly into renewable fuels and chemicals. The company’s novel SolarConverter™ system has been developed to maximize photon-to-fuel conversion efficiency, and features a modular, scalable design for ease of deployment, dependent only on land and waste CO2availability. The integrated platform will enable productivities above any other closed-system approach, with a commercial target of 15,000 gallons of diesel per acre annually. Joule’s pilot operations are currently underway, with commercial production targeted for 2012.”
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Helioculture really is the answer to our energy needs? I didn’t like paying $3.40 for gas today and I have no hope that the price will be lower in the near future.