New Biofuel technology using sunlight and micro-organisms could change the industry
Joule Biotechnologies has recently revealed plans to open a new facility in Leander, Texas, which will produce biofuels using a new solar based technology. The new approach relies on genetically engineered photosynthetic micro-organisms that create various biofuels, including ethanol and diesel, with the help of sunlight. According to the company, other high value chemicals could possibly be produced in the future as the technology matures. The process works very simply: The organisms are bathed in nutrient filled water, and when exposed to sunlight, the fuels are released as a secretion. It is similar to algae based biofuel creation, but it is much more efficient, allowing the company to create more fuel at a lesser cost than other methods. This development could be a big step forward in the process of making biofuels more practical for consumer use.