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Joule Awarded Patents for High-Volume Ethanol Production from Sunlight and CO2
Joule Unlimited Website ^ | 7/26/11 | Staff

Posted on 08/02/2011 10:35:56 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus

Cambridge, Mass. – July 26, 2011 – Joule Unlimited Technologies today 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 to methods for increasing the ethanol production capability of a photosynthetic microorganism. Unlike competing technologies that utilize microorganisms to produce ethanol by fermenting sugars from cellulose or other biomass materials, Joule's platform microorganism is engineered to produce and secrete ethanol in a continuous process, converting more than 90% of the CO2 it consumes directly to end product, with no reliance on biomass feedstocks.

U.S. Patent #7,981,647 and U.S. Patent #7,968,321, granted on July 19th and June 28th respectively, cover enzymatic mechanisms engineered into the cell by Joule to maximize its ethanol productivity. These innovations, together with Joule's advances in bioprocessing and solar capture and conversion, will help Joule achieve an ultimate target of 25,000 gallons per acre annually – a rate that is 10X greater than that of cellulosic ethanol and 100X greater than corn ethanol – while requiring no depletion of food crops, agricultural land or fresh water. In addition, by eliminating the need for biomass, Joule avoids the burden of fluctuating feedstock cost and supply, as well as the energy-intensive, multi-step conversion of biomass to product. At full-scale commercial production Joule expects to produce ethanol for as little as $0.60/gallon.

"The market for ethanol is strong and growing internationally, and our patented technology affords Joule an incredible opportunity to meet growing demand at productivities well beyond biomass-based approaches," said Bill Sims, President and CEO of Joule. "Rather than focus on incremental improvements along the supply chain, we have proven that a direct, continuous process from photons to fuel is the answer to highly-efficient, cost-competitive production that can scale without today’s feedstock constraints."

Joule is now producing ethanol at pilot scale, and has achieved nearly 50% of its ultimate productivity target in the lab. The company today holds a total of six U.S. patents and more than 70 applications pending, derived from four years of development across biology, processes and systems.

About Joule Unlimited Technologies 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 transformative Helioculture™ platform directly and continuously converts sunlight and waste CO2 to infrastructure-ready diesel, ethanol or commodity chemicals with no dependence on biomass feedstocks, downstream processing or precious natural resources. This process can yield renewable fuels and chemicals in unprecedented volumes with a fraction of the land required 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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: joule; renewableenergy
This company is getting huge press. Has genetically manipulated cyanobacteria to secrete diesel fuel/ethanol - and will take clean CO2 from coal plants!

The Company is making moves for acreage in New Mexico and it looks like things are happening. Will wait to see the results but the claim is 25,000 gallons of fuel per acre. They can do this at $60 per barrel, with no taxes and clean and renewable!

Some say they cannot harvest yet efficiently. Need much more info.

1 posted on 08/02/2011 10:35:58 PM PDT by Titus-Maximus
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To: Titus-Maximus

Promises, promises.


2 posted on 08/02/2011 10:41:19 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: Titus-Maximus

What happens if this gets loose, in nature?


3 posted on 08/02/2011 10:46:31 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Titus-Maximus

The producing is the hard part, if they have a bit of heat harvesting will be a minor problem. Warm the liquid and evaporate the alcohol. Find a moonshiner, they’ll work it out.


4 posted on 08/02/2011 10:49:25 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Cheetahcat

“What happens if this gets loose, in nature?”

Two headed Volkswagon Beetles?


5 posted on 08/02/2011 10:52:29 PM PDT by moonhawk (The only problem I have with burying Bin Laden at sea is that he was already dead.)
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To: Cheetahcat

If it gets loose, The oceans will turn to whiskey, and we can stay drunk all the time!


6 posted on 08/02/2011 10:53:01 PM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: Cheetahcat
A co2 sucking organism turned loose?

What could happen?

all green things end ... including Kermit.

What will Miss Piggy do?

Oh ... she'll be gone too.

7 posted on 08/02/2011 10:53:48 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Titus-Maximus

Will it do windows and cook breakfast in the morning?


8 posted on 08/02/2011 10:54:08 PM PDT by Valpal1 ("No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet." ~ C.S. Lewis)
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To: count-your-change

I would think the problem is that it will evaporate from the ponds prior to harvesting it.


9 posted on 08/02/2011 10:54:31 PM PDT by dila813
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To: Titus-Maximus
They can do this at $60 per barrel, with no taxes and clean and renewable!

Taxes or subsidies?

Taxes are what Joule or its customers pay to the government. Subsidies are what the government pays to Joule.

Which is it? I'm too lazy to visit their website again, but the last time I did, the phrase "including subsidies" occurred with disturbing regularity, rendering their claims meaningless.

10 posted on 08/02/2011 10:54:52 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Titus-Maximus

Too bad ethanol ruins engines. I won’t ever use it unless there is no other alternative.


11 posted on 08/02/2011 10:55:20 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
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To: Titus-Maximus
Waste co2?

What ozero care committee gets to determine THAT ?

12 posted on 08/02/2011 10:55:56 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: count-your-change

actually, what they need is a cold sunny climate that will prevent evaporation.

Maybe that is what they are going after in New Mexico, there are some areas in the north that are cold but as sunny as the hot areas.


13 posted on 08/02/2011 10:56:05 PM PDT by dila813
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To: Titus-Maximus

Pons and Fleiceman,

at it again


14 posted on 08/02/2011 11:02:03 PM PDT by 50gunsalute
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To: cynwoody
They can do this at $60 per barrel, with no taxes and clean and renewable!

Not if Omama or his evil progeny the E.P.A. can get their evil grubby claws on it!!

Remember obummer's infamous vows to destroy everyone household budget by raising electric bills & to bankrupt all coal power plants.

15 posted on 08/02/2011 11:02:35 PM PDT by prophetic (0Bama = 1 illegal president = 32 illegal, unconstitutional & unnecessary CZARS to do his job!!)
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To: moonhawk

“What happens if this gets loose, in nature?”

Two headed Volkswagon Beetles?”

LMAO.


16 posted on 08/02/2011 11:22:16 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: ThirdMate

“If it gets loose, The oceans will turn to whiskey, and we can stay drunk all the time!”

Only,If the Irish do not beat us too it!


17 posted on 08/02/2011 11:23:39 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Pining_4_TX
Too bad ethanol ruins engines. I won’t ever use it unless there is no other alternative.

Joule claims to produce something closer to diesel or gasoline.

That's fine and dandy if they can do it without government subsidies. Energy is good. But green energy is a scam if I have to pay for in taxes. I'm willing to pay for it at the pump if the fossil alternative is more expensive, net of government intervention.

18 posted on 08/02/2011 11:23:47 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: knarf

“A co2 sucking organism turned loose?

What could happen?

all green things end ... including Kermit.

What will Miss Piggy do?

Oh ... she’ll be gone too.”

Plant food gone!


19 posted on 08/02/2011 11:25:45 PM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Titus-Maximus
Your article kind of reminds me of this old good news / bad news joke:
The bad news: Martians have landed in Washington and taken control of the government.

The good news: Martians eat liberals, pee gasoline, and are heading west.

We'll see if the invention pans out ... but right now I don't think it's wise to hold one's breath until it does.
20 posted on 08/02/2011 11:27:27 PM PDT by Zakeet (The Wee Wee's real birth certificate got shredded with his Rezko mortgage records)
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To: Titus-Maximus

PR sounds good, encouraging there is still incentive for innovation out there. But patenting is not production as has been the experience in converting methane into gasoline. Hope this leads to an economic product, though ethanol fuel use has been propped up by government fantasy and fiat prob’ly more than market driven.


21 posted on 08/02/2011 11:39:18 PM PDT by corvus
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To: dila813
Joule's home page describes a closed system not the open algae pools used in other processes. So either warm or cool would work.

Exactly how the diesel or alcohol is to be separated is not explained but evidently evaporation is not the way.

Their description of process skips processing or refining algae and has microorganisms directly producing usable compounds.

But at 15,000/gal. diesel/acre/yr. a million acre facility would produce what percentage of U.S. consumption? Do the math.

22 posted on 08/03/2011 12:04:09 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Cheetahcat
Finnegan and Flannigan were adrift in the ocean, when one of the wee folk appeared and granted Finnegan a single wish. Having been adrift for many days without water he said, "Well, I wish all of the ocean were Guinness Extra Stout."

Sure enough, the ocean was turned into stout, and the leprechaun disappeared in a flash.

"Finnegan, ye great lummox! Look what ye've dun!" Flannigan shouted in dismay, "Now we'll have to pee in the boat."

23 posted on 08/03/2011 12:26:19 AM PDT by FredZarguna (Invest in metal: lead and depleted uranium sounds about right.)
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To: Titus-Maximus

“100X greater than corn ethanol – while requiring no depletion of food crops, agricultural land or fresh water”.

Too good to be believed?
Where is the umbrage such as the E-Cat has generated?

No doubt if they actually begin production our “President”, the eco-nuts, and PETA types will try to sabotage them by legislation or violence.

Make it cheap and plentiful enough and even I might build an Alky engine to use in one of my cars!


24 posted on 08/03/2011 1:03:22 AM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: Titus-Maximus

This could be great news for people who drink alcohol. But I’m still not going to put that garbage in my car voluntarily.


25 posted on 08/03/2011 1:13:13 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Titus-Maximus

Unstated is how frugal the fermentation process will be with water. The hydrogen has to come from somewhere. And some excess water will be needed so the organism isn’t killed by all the alcohol it has made. If its thirst for water isn’t economically prohibitive, we’ve got a beast that can feasibly turn globull warming into joy juice.


26 posted on 08/03/2011 1:36:35 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page))
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To: Titus-Maximus
...with no taxes...

Yeah, right. NOTHING productive can be done with no taxes.

27 posted on 08/03/2011 1:39:10 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Pining_4_TX

You can’t buy ethanol-free gas anywhere near here. I hate it, all E-10.


28 posted on 08/03/2011 2:16:50 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Titus-Maximus

It would not be a surprise to anyone in the field if some other feedstock displaces corn for ethanol production. But I’m a little skeptical of a story that touts production from a “photosynthetic microorganism” as producing energy from sunlight and CO2 without the use of biomass feedstocks. Whoever wrote the article seems not to understand what a photosynthetic microorganism is, which is pretty basic to the process.


29 posted on 08/03/2011 2:40:27 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Titus-Maximus

“with no taxes “

NOT FOR LONG!


30 posted on 08/03/2011 4:33:14 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know.)
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To: sphinx

Well, photosynthesis does combine H2O + CO2 -> CxHxO + generally O2 so not sure what feedstock you think is needed. Photosynthesis is pretty much at the bottom of the carbohydrate chain.

This is fascinating to see in my opinion. I hope it works. Iit makes sense chemically and the use of Cyanobacteria seems very plausible. If the ethanol is employed hydrous instead of anhydrous then it can be harvested by evaporation/distillation and the remaining water recycled b

I like it.


31 posted on 08/03/2011 4:44:31 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: sphinx

Alcohol is a waste product from some types of micro-organisms (yeasts), often ones that feed on starches. These are used in brewing.

This new process uses special algae that feed on CO2 bubbled up through clear cylinders, using the energy from sunlight to convert it and other nutrients to the things it needs to survive, grow and reproduce. Its waste product is fuel.

Most of what it needs to grow and produce fuel has been labeled by the EPA as “pollution”, i.e. CO2, Nitrogen, Phosphates...

You know, the normal process whereby “Mother Earth” becomes green...


32 posted on 08/03/2011 4:46:24 AM PDT by BwanaNdege (For those who have fought for it, Life bears a savor the protected will never know.)
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To: Titus-Maximus
Joule is now producing ethanol at pilot scale, and has achieved nearly 50% of its ultimate productivity target in the lab.

If a 100% is .60 cents per gallon 50% is 1.20 per....roll out the barrels...

33 posted on 08/03/2011 5:29:48 AM PDT by Recon Dad ( five words most feared by a Louisiana politician: “Will the defendant please rise.”)
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To: Titus-Maximus
Wholly mother load Batman!!! Where's the investment page! I'm off to read the patents!
34 posted on 08/03/2011 5:35:11 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: Pining_4_TX
Engines can be designed to handle the corrosion issues. It's typically a change in plastics used and metallurgical modification to components. Some items are going to have to be straight out replaced like aluminum based alloys and glass filled plastics (Intake manifolds as an example).

In most cases, there are already mass produced alternatives.

But you are correct, existing systems that are designed for no more than 10% ethanol would be trashed.

A phase in, similar to the lead based fuels to unleaded fuels change over that occurred in the ‘70s could be used; change the fuel nozzle shape: Make’em square...

35 posted on 08/03/2011 5:53:06 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: dila813

Since the ponds would be sealed to prevent outside contamination, evaporation would be a benefit; the ethanol as a vapor could be collected from the top and partially liguified by a heat exchanger at the bottom of the tank it was generated in! Dissolved ethanol is a pain to separate.


36 posted on 08/03/2011 5:57:31 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: Titus-Maximus

Very positive article..ping for saving for reference.

We’ve GOT to get beyond the blame/negative/woe-is-me mode that is all over the place these days and get back to developing real solutions and ideas for moving forward.

American ingenuity is still our number one resource and will be the only thing that gets us out of our current troubles and back on track.

I hope this is successful and can eventually employ thousands. My fondest wish is to do nothing more than run a small manufacturing company (50-100) people making something(s) that people want/need.

Thanks for making my day.


37 posted on 08/03/2011 6:03:25 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Titus-Maximus

The q1uestionis what is the source of the CO2. The answer you gave is cola combustion in existing power plants.

That being said, what is the need for acreage in New Mexico? What is produced on that acreage?

I recently visited the Jack Daniels distillery in Lynchburg Tennessee and saw the vast fermentation vats bubbling co2. It would seem the co2 waste product of the fermentation process will also be a source on a pretty large scale.


38 posted on 08/03/2011 6:22:22 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Flash mobs are trickle down leftwing REDISTRIBUTION))
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To: Loyal Sedition

The government including the EPA and democrats will never let anything that works go to market.

This is why they are trying to destroy oil, coal, Edison’s bulb, the SUV etc.


39 posted on 08/03/2011 8:25:42 AM PDT by Democrat_media (Why is no government creating a product we can hold in our hands like a cell phone..?)
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To: FredZarguna
"Finnegan and Flannigan were adrift in the ocean, when one of the wee folk appeared and granted Finnegan a single wish. Having been adrift for many days without water he said, "Well, I wish all of the ocean were Guinness Extra Stout." Sure enough, the ocean was turned into stout, and the leprechaun disappeared in a flash. "Finnegan, ye great lummox! Look what ye've dun!" Flannigan shouted in dismay, "Now we'll have to pee in the boat."

LMAO Good one,Thank You.

40 posted on 08/03/2011 9:19:02 AM PDT by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: ThirdMate

You idiot, we will have to piss in the boat!


41 posted on 08/03/2011 9:23:45 AM PDT by patton (I am sure that I have done dumber things in my life, but at the moment, I am unable to recall them.)
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To: bert

Last time I ran the numbers, 2x the area of WSMR covers all diesel use in the US - 80 miles square, roughly.

This only works in NM if the bugs can live in salt water - NM is floating on an ocean of it.

Fresh water, not so much.


42 posted on 08/03/2011 9:41:39 AM PDT by patton (I am sure that I have done dumber things in my life, but at the moment, I am unable to recall them.)
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To: Titus-Maximus
NY Post article: US scientists create organism that directly produces liquid fuel
43 posted on 08/04/2011 9:18:37 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: Loyal Sedition
No doubt if they actually begin production our “President”, the eco-nuts, and PETA types will try to sabotage them by legislation or violence.

If it's cheaper than corn ethanol, expect the farmers' lobby to flip out.

44 posted on 08/04/2011 9:24:55 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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