Purer, Cheaper Fuel Without Using Cropland or Drinkable Water or Drilling, and it's Made in America

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

In a recent Forbes article, Matthew de Paula writes:

Audi e-fuel plant in New Mexico
"Audi has been producing e-fuels at a research facility in Hobbs, New Mexico, through a partnership with Joule, a firm that specializes in developing synthetic fuels with solar energy. At the facility, genetically engineered photosynthetic microorganisms are kept in water (which could be brackish, salt or wastewater). They metabolize carbon dioxide after being exposed to sunlight and produce fuel as a byproduct.

"Audi says e-fuel is superior because of its purity. Unlike fossil fuels, which vary in composition depending on their place of origin, synthetic fuels contain no olefins or aromatic hydrocarbons. This optimizes combustion and results in fewer emissions.

"Joule says on its website that the method it uses for creating synthetic fuels is better than other methods that use agricultural or algal biomass, such as corn or fibers from plants, because no arable land, fresh water or crops are required.

"Once the technology is fully commercialized, Joule aims to produce 25,000 gallons of synthetic ethanol and 15,000 gallons of synthetic diesel per acre annually, for as little as $1.28 a gallon and $50 a barrel..."

Read the whole article here: Audi Says Synthetic 'E-Fuel' From Microorganisms Is Better Than Gas Or Diesel.

Read more about what Joule is doing: Ethanol For $1 a Gallon Using Unfarmable Land and Undrinkable Water.

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