Joule is pioneering the production of Liquid Fuel from the Sun™, surpassing today's barriers to abundant, sustainable, cost-competitive supply.
More than a promising technology, Joule has a proven platform for renewable fuel production with greater efficiencies, scale and net energy yield than any known alternative to fossil fuels today.
Joule's Helioculture™ platform combines breakthroughs in genome engineering, bioprocessing and hardware engineering to convert sunlight and waste CO2 directly into clean, fungible diesel fuel, bypassing the limitations of biofuel production. The novel SolarConverter® system is optimized to facilitate the entire continuous process, scaling to desired output levels with no dependence on raw material feedstocks, agricultural land, fresh water or crops.
This integrated, commercial-ready solution will enable the previously unthinkable: liquid hydrocarbons "on demand" -- meaning above-ground fuel reserves can be deployed where needed, overcoming the extreme risk and complexity of oil exploration and production. As a result, Joule's solution has industry-changing potential across multiple markets that derive products from petroleum, replacing a finite, unstable resource with one that can sustain virtually unlimited production.
Free of the land and resource constraints that hinder biofuels, Joule will directly target fossil fuel replacement with unprecedented volumes of renewable diesel, at a fraction of the land use incurred by current methods. At full-scale production the company projects delivery of up to 15,000 gallons of diesel per acre annually, at costs as low as $30 per barrel equivalent.
Joule's pilot operations are currently underway, with commercial development to begin in 2012.
Founded in 2007 by Flagship VentureLabs, Joule is privately held and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.