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Joule Biotechnologies secures site for pilot plant
Source : greencarcongress.com
Joule Biotechnologies, Inc. has signed a lease agreement to build its first pilot plant in Leander, Texas. Joule, a bioengineering startup, is developing its Helioculture technology — a system that leverages highly engineered photosynthetic organisms to catalyze the conversion of sunlight and CO2 to usable transportation fuels and chemicals. Powered by sunlight and free of costly feedstocks or processing steps, the system is being engineered to eclipse the productivities, scale and cost efficiencies of biomass-dependent approaches. The site was chosen in part for its high solar insolation and logistically convenient location. The plant will be operational within the first half of 2010. Joule’s process achieves a high net energy balance while avoiding the depletion of arable land, fresh water or crops. The continuous Helioculture production process requires no biomass intermediates, removing resource limitations and costly processing from the equation.
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21 January 2010 |
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