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Mon Nov 25, 2013, 07:35 PM

Bloomberg picks Joule Unlimited (the only biorefinery company) as 1 of 10 '2013 New Energy Pioneers'

I'm a little slow in posting this, but better late than never!

Bloomberg Announces 2013 New Energy Pioneers From Around The World


Bloomberg’s sixth annual New Energy Finance Summit in New York City recognizes 10 leading companies out of more than 200 from around the world from energy sectors including bioenergy, energy efficiency, digital energy and solar and water, based on their innovation, momentum and potential global scale. Suffice to say companies on Bloomberg’s list have passed many screens and are the best of the best. Here are this year’s winners:

Joule Unlimited – Liquid Fuel From The Sun

Joule is a pioneer in “Helioculture Platforms” that convert sunlight and waste CO2 into renewables, fuels and chemicals. This is a unique company so a video is helpful.


Joule is developing a revolutionary platform for renewable fuel and chemical production that is expected to eclipse the scalability, productivities and cost efficiency of any known alternative to fossil fuel today.

Unlike fuels produced from agricultural or algal biomass, Joule produces fuels directly and continuously from sunlight and waste CO2 in a novel, Gas-to-Liquid conversion process. The company's engineered biocatalysts directly produce and secrete targeted fuels and chemicals, avoiding the need for biomass feedstocks and complex downstream processing.

The entire process takes place in a novel SolarConverter® system, from photon capture to product creation and initial separation, with no requirement for arable land, fresh water or crops. Furthermore, this uniquely modular system can achieve replicable productivity whether installed across 250 or 25,000 acres - demonstrating Joule's capability without the scale-up costs and risks that have hindered biofuels for years.

Joule's highly efficient process, lack of feedstock constraints and readily scalable system will allow the company to deliver unprecedented volumes of renewable fuel at highly competitive costs. Upon full-scale commercialization, the company ultimately targets 25,000 gallons of Joule Sunflow™-E and 15,000 gallons of Joule Sunflow™-D per acre annually, for as little as $1.28/gallon and $50/barrel respectively (excluding subsidies). These products will directly address the global markets for ethanol and diesel fuel without the economic or environmental consequences of their biomass- or fossil-derived counterparts.

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