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Secretive U.S. biotech company develops bacteria that delivers energy cost equivalent of $30/BBL
Globe and Mail ^ | January 18, 2011 | NEIL REYNOLDS

Posted on 01/18/2011 7:27:49 PM PST by SCPatriot77

In September, a privately held and highly secretive U.S. biotech company named Joule Unlimited received a patent for “a proprietary organism” – a genetically adapted E. coli bacterium – that feeds solely on carbon dioxide and excretes liquid hydrocarbons: diesel fuel, jet fuel and gasoline. This breakthrough technology, the company says, will deliver renewable supplies of liquid fossil fuel almost anywhere on Earth, in essentially unlimited quantity and at an energy-cost equivalent of $30 (U.S.) a barrel of crude oil. It will deliver, the company says, “fossil fuels on demand.”
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Joule says it now has “a library” of fossil-fuel organisms at work in its Massachusetts labs, each engineered to produce a different fuel. It has “proven the process,” has produced ethanol (for example) at a rate equivalent to 10,000 U.S. gallons an acre a year. It anticipates that this yield could hit 25,000 gallons an acre a year when scaled for commercial production, equivalent to roughly 800 barrels of crude an acre a year.

(Excerpt) Read more at theglobeandmail.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: environment; fossilfuels; hydrocarbons; oil

1 posted on 01/18/2011 7:27:53 PM PST by SCPatriot77
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To: SCPatriot77
Sounds wonderful.

Which means this is the last we'll ever hear of it.

2 posted on 01/18/2011 7:29:27 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: SCPatriot77

Que The Twighlighty Zone Music.


3 posted on 01/18/2011 7:29:55 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SCPatriot77

Do not attempt to siphon E. coli gas using your mouth.


4 posted on 01/18/2011 7:30:45 PM PST by bunkerhill7
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To: SCPatriot77

Well if the little bugs eat up all the CO2 won’t that cause an ice age? Better call Al Gore.


5 posted on 01/18/2011 7:32:11 PM PST by SeeSharp
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It probably doesn’t work at least in the field, the creator(s) will be bought/pressured/driven away, or the progressives will make sure it never sees the light of day.


6 posted on 01/18/2011 7:32:38 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: SCPatriot77

Believe it when I see it. If it worked they’d be busy counting money instead of putting out news reports.


7 posted on 01/18/2011 7:32:38 PM PST by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: SCPatriot77
A deadly mutant bacteria, excreting a product that could change the world...

Welcome to...The twilight zone.


8 posted on 01/18/2011 7:33:01 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SCPatriot77

So if it gets out of the production plant and gets into the swamp behind my house? Do I get a nice little oil slick that never seems to go away? And lots of dead frogs?


9 posted on 01/18/2011 7:34:48 PM PST by toast
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

10 posted on 01/18/2011 7:35:35 PM PST by SCPatriot77
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To: SCPatriot77

I can se it now - redneck E. Coli

“Hey Bubba, watch me light this!”


11 posted on 01/18/2011 7:36:34 PM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (When evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will believe in abject nonsense.)
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To: mylife

well I guess Dad was wrong....you can sheit money


12 posted on 01/18/2011 7:36:43 PM PST by SPRINK
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Eats CO2 (cause of AGW,Ha), and $hits oil—sounds like a golden goose to me..where do I invest?


13 posted on 01/18/2011 7:37:19 PM PST by richardtavor (One of the rare establishment Republicans backed by the "Tea Party" movement that wants limited gove)
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To: SPRINK

Why not? They sell it in India as fuel.


14 posted on 01/18/2011 7:38:20 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SCPatriot77

Riiiight!


15 posted on 01/18/2011 7:38:38 PM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: SCPatriot77

Litteral drop in the ocean......


16 posted on 01/18/2011 7:39:23 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: SCPatriot77

BS

100% BS


17 posted on 01/18/2011 7:39:54 PM PST by NoLibZone (Five time DNC backed candidate Fred Phelps: "God sent the shooter".)
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To: Panzerlied

You doubt the perfection of the plan?


18 posted on 01/18/2011 7:40:15 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Red Badger

agreed.


19 posted on 01/18/2011 7:40:17 PM PST by SCPatriot77
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To: SCPatriot77

I smell an IPO announcement shortly to raise capital to “perfect” the process.


20 posted on 01/18/2011 7:44:47 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SCPatriot77

This makes nooo sense. Where does the E.coli get the energy to bump CO2 up to a hydrocarbon? E.Coli lives on crap, it isn’t a photosynthesizer. I guess the energy just poops itself into existence.


21 posted on 01/18/2011 7:45:29 PM PST by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: SCPatriot77

We import what? OVER A million barrels A DAY?.....

We would need the entire state of Texas to grow our own fuel.....


22 posted on 01/18/2011 7:45:55 PM PST by Red Badger (Whenever these vermin call you an 'idiot', you can be sure that you are doing something right.)
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To: SCPatriot77

Is this the same company that came up with a cold fusion sustained reaction?


23 posted on 01/18/2011 7:47:43 PM PST by GOPJ (."Blood libel" - - when MSM/Dems incite hatred and violence against conservatives based on lies.)
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To: SpaceBar

Reminds me of the joke

Guy runs in the room “I got good news and I got bad news”

The others ask “Well, whats the bad news?”

“The Martians have landed in Denver”

“So whats the bad news?”

“The Martians are eating (fill in the blank) and pissing gasoline”

Does this mean the new microbes are from Mars????


24 posted on 01/18/2011 7:49:12 PM PST by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: DaxtonBrown

The engine on the bus goes poop poop poop


25 posted on 01/18/2011 7:50:37 PM PST by woofie
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To: SCPatriot77

Highly secretive?

http://www.jouleunlimited.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joule_Unlimited


26 posted on 01/18/2011 7:50:59 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Red Badger

I did a quick back of the envelope calculation a while back. If the entire annual output of palm oil from Malaysia and Indonesia were converted to motor fuel, it would supply domestic US automobile demand for just about three weeks. And that’s coming from countries blessed with optimal growing conditions, and grows the stuff like its going out of style.


27 posted on 01/18/2011 7:51:16 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar

And we get mutant E. Coli! Woohoo!


28 posted on 01/18/2011 7:57:39 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SCPatriot77
It anticipates that this yield could hit 25,000 gallons an acre a year when scaled for commercial production, equivalent to roughly 800 barrels of crude an acre a year.

By my (quite possibly messed up) calculations, this means we could replace our present consumption of oil (roughly 7B barrels) by converting about 13000 square miles to production with this process, or about 20% more area than the state of Maryland.

That's quite a significant footprint. Since I assume this requires tanks, that's also quite a lot of infrastructure investment.

29 posted on 01/18/2011 7:58:46 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: DaxtonBrown

“Where does the E.coli get the energy to bump CO2 up to a hydrocarbon?”

Sunlight, of course.

The limiting resource in the process is probably water.


30 posted on 01/18/2011 7:59:34 PM PST by devere
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To: mylife

What could possibly go wrong?


31 posted on 01/18/2011 8:00:50 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SCPatriot77

If true, it’s the worst thing that could ever happen to the warmist crowd. Although I’ll only believe it when I see it.


32 posted on 01/18/2011 8:02:21 PM PST by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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To: SCPatriot77
a genetically adapted E. coli bacterium – that feeds solely on carbon dioxide and excretes liquid hydrocarbons

One is forced to ask... where does the hydrogen part of "hydrocarbons" come from?

33 posted on 01/18/2011 8:03:42 PM PST by r9etb
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To: SpaceBar

Exactly!

It seems like a perfect cycle complete with mutant E. Coli.


34 posted on 01/18/2011 8:12:31 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SCPatriot77
We have what? Enough oil in the US to last about 1,000 years?

If they opened up exploration tomorrow the economy would be fixed pretty quickly. Just opening up access to shale oil would do that. But we won't. Why not? Because we have morons in Washington and Obama is working hard to destroy America.

35 posted on 01/18/2011 8:14:05 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: SCPatriot77
You can do it yourself...

http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/srchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,794,969.PN.&OS=PN/7,794,969&RS=PN/7,794,969

36 posted on 01/18/2011 8:14:46 PM PST by stormer
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The first rule of PIMPING your IPO....File a B**S**T Patent.


37 posted on 01/18/2011 8:15:26 PM PST by dila813
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To: SCPatriot77
If true, the EPA will declare E Coli as an endangered species.
38 posted on 01/18/2011 8:18:04 PM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Vote like Obama is on the ballot)
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To: SCPatriot77
today's "joule" headline

"Joule Elects Former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta to Board of Directors"
39 posted on 01/18/2011 8:21:41 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: SCPatriot77

Am I the only one that wonders...What if this thing gets loose?


40 posted on 01/18/2011 8:29:00 PM PST by Revel
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To: MarineBrat
"Believe it when I see it. If it worked they’d be busy counting money instead of putting out news reports."

Yep. They would not be hunting money, they'd be printing it.

41 posted on 01/18/2011 8:31:30 PM PST by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: SCPatriot77

Every day we find a cure for cancer, a cure for AIDS, something to replace oil...


42 posted on 01/18/2011 9:06:05 PM PST by mewykwistmas ("Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river. ")
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To: r9etb

“One is forced to ask... where does the hydrogen part of “hydrocarbons” come from?”

Water?


43 posted on 01/18/2011 9:32:05 PM PST by devere
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To: dila813

“The first rule of PIMPING your IPO....File a B**S**T Patent.”

The founder of this outfit has a PhD from MIT and an MD from Harvard. If he’s a scammer, he’s an extremely well-credentialed one.


44 posted on 01/18/2011 9:39:30 PM PST by devere
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To: devere

my favorite part of the patent is about 3/4 in...

“gggctggcga tgagcgaaat gtagtgctta cgttgtcccg catttggtac 342gtaa ccggcaaaat cgcgccgaag gatgtcgctg ccgactgggc aatggagcgc 348gccc agtatcagcc cgtcatactt gaagctagac aggcttatct tggacaagaa 354cgct tggcctcgcg cgcagatcag ttggaagaat ttgtccacta cgtgaaaggc 36cacca aggtagtcgg caaataatgt ctaacaattc gttcaagccg acgccgcttc 366cggc ttaactcaag cgttagatgc actaagcaca taattgctca cagccaaact 372tcaa gtctgctttt attattttta agcgtgcata ataagcccta cacaaattgg 378tatc atgaggcgcg ccacgagtgc ggggaaat”

now, where did I leave my micro-biology textbook????


45 posted on 01/18/2011 9:55:15 PM PST by whiterhino
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To: devere

happens all the time.....there have been countless patents files when a firm is in need of cash infusion. Either for IPO or so they can go to their investors and hit them up again.

Trust me, got burnt by this junk.

A lot of times the problem is that the trick only works in a few drops of water. The bacteria can’t reproduce after a few generations, need special conditions.... on and on....

Basically, everything has to go right, and one little itty bitty problem will sink the whole thing.

There are bacteria in everyone’s petri dishes that do some trick. The trick is doing it on a truly industrial scale.

I am sure eventually someone will actually pull it off, but this patent filing isn’t a press release saying they are anywhere close to going to market. No, it is nothing more than a whimpering of a patent filing used for begging for money.


46 posted on 01/18/2011 9:58:41 PM PST by dila813
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To: whiterhino

g=guanine, c=cytosine, t=thymine, and a=adenine
I have no idea what the numbers mean.


47 posted on 01/18/2011 10:07:11 PM PST by devere
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To: devere

May/June 2010 article in Technology Review, the MIT alumni magazine, talks about this guy and product, too.


48 posted on 01/18/2011 10:18:34 PM PST by Tymesup
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To: r9etb

Water?


49 posted on 01/18/2011 11:23:47 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: SCPatriot77
Just that small side-effect that has to be overlooked...The source of the bacteria's food is human tissue...

/sarc

50 posted on 01/19/2011 12:53:40 AM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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