28 Jul '14, 2pm

Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real?

By any name, they’re fascinating. What’s the latest? The most well-known of the solar fuels is, without a doubt, those from Joule Unlimited, which pioneered the term “solar fuels” in the first place and is the closest to reaching scale. Using modified cyanobacteria, they form jet fuel, diesel and ethanol under the brand name “Sunflow” — and have been operating a demonstration facility in Hobbs, New Mexico for going on two years now. But other technologies have come along — not following the same biotechnology path, but utilizing some of the same underlying concepts of waste CO2 utilization, bypassing biomass, and making target fuels and chemicals directly from the same inputs that plants use to make biomass in the first place. About Liquid Light One of the most interesting of these is Liquid Light, which emerged from stealth mode in the past year, and focuses on electrocat...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014...

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