U.S. Senator John Kerry Visits Joule, Calls Renewable Fuel Platform "Game Changing"
Cambridge, Mass. – October 14, 2010 – U.S. Senator John Kerry today visited the office and laboratories of Joule Unlimited, Inc., calling its technology platform potentially "game changing" in the all-important race to replace fossil fuels. The Senator met with members of Joule's executive team and toured the site for a first-hand look at Joule's advances in biology and integrated system design, which together form a platform for renewable fuel production that will eclipse the scale, efficiencies and net energy yield of any known alternative to fossil fuels today.
Senator Kerry views a demonstration of the SolarConverter system.
Senator Kerry tours the lab with Joule executives Troy Campione, Fritz Morgan and founder David Berry (left to right).
One of Congress's strongest proponents for clean energy, Senator Kerry also discussed his support for fast-emerging technologies like Joule's, which defy existing categories and thus risk exclusion from funding and legislation. While industry and government have largely focused on the use of biomass feedstocks for fuel production, Joule's process requires no raw material feedstock at all, and has the potential to resolve a host of challenges hindering biomass-derived biofuel production today.
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 CO2 availability. 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.
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About Joule Unlimited, Inc.
Joule is pioneering the production of Liquid Fuel from the Sun™, surpassing today's barriers to abundant, sustainable, cost-competitive supply. Its transformational Helioculture™ platform converts sunlight and waste CO2 directly into liquid fuels in a continuous process that is not limited by costly biomass intermediates, processing or use of precious natural resources. This platform can yield renewable diesel fuel in unprecedented volumes with a fraction of the land use incurred by current methods, leapfrogging biomass-dependent approaches and eliminating the economic and environmental disadvantages of fossil fuels. Founded in 2007 by Flagship VentureLabs, Joule is privately held and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Additional information is available at www.jouleunlimited.com.