Solar Liquid Fuels in the News

Sunlight to jet fuel

In the framework of the EU project “Solarjet”, scientists demonstrate for the first time the entire production path to liquid hydrocarbon fuels from water, C…

 

Solar liquid fuels are here and they are looking very promising. Joule Inc. seems to be the leader with a large pilot facility in the south west.

This is a proven technology that just needs to be scaled up. This seems like the most exciting alternative energy as of late. Here’s some interesting articles and videos.

Carbon-Neutral Fuels and Energy Carriers

Concerns over an unstable energy supply and the adverse environmental impact of carbonaceous fuels have triggered considerable efforts worldwide to find carbon-free or low-carbon alternatives to conventional fossil fuels. Carbon-Neutral Fuels and Energy Carriers emphasizes the vital role of carbon-neutral energy sources, transportation fuels, and associated technologies for establishing a sustainable energy future. Each chapter draws on the insight of world-renowned experts in such diverse fields as photochemistry and electrochemistry, solar and nuclear energy, biofuels and synthetic fuels, carbon sequestration, and alternative fuel vehicles. After an introductory chapter on different energy options in a carbon-constrained world and proposed measures to stabilize atmospheric CO2, the book analyzes the advantages and challenges facing the introduction of hydrogen fuel to the marketplace. It then examines the role of nuclear power in the production of carbon-free energy and fuels as well as the efficient use and storage of renewable energy resources, emphasizing the production of solar fuels from water and CO2. The book also discusses different aspects of bioenergy and biofuels production and use and the potential role of bio-inspired energy systems and industrial processes. The final chapters present a thorough overview and analysis of state-of-the-art fossil fuel decarbonization technologies and clean transportation options. This authoritative work provides the information needed to make more informed choices regarding available clean energy and fuel alternatives. It helps readers to better understand the interconnection between energy and the environment as well as the potential impact of human activities on climate. Read more …

Published on Feb 22, 2014

Liquid ‘SunGas’ from Sunshine, Water & CO2.

A new process has been developed that can take the energy from the sun and use it to convert water and carbon dioxide (CO2) is a very clean burning liquid fuel. The real beauty of the process is not only is the fuel renewable and limit-less, but the process of making sungas actually takes carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Thus the there is zero net effect on CO2 emissions. The same amount of CO2 put in the atmosphere when the ultra clean sungas is burned is removed from the atmosphere when new sungas is created. This method of energy production will solve global air pollution almost intermediately, once it is implemented. Even at just 10% solar efficiency, which is easily attainable today, this process of making sungas could replace all the crude oil consumed in the United States. Sungas is also compatible with existing fuels and would require no new infrastructure. Additionally, sungas burns extremely clean. It even burns much cleaner than compressed natural gas (CNG), which CNG in itself burns far cleaner than ordinary gasoline.

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Researchers generate liquid fuel using electricity

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While electric vehicles have come a long way in the past decade, they still have many disadvantages when compared to internal combustion engine-driven vehicles. The lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles have a much lower energy storage density when compared to liquid fuel, they take longer to “refuel,” and they lack the supporting infrastructure that has built up around conventional vehicles over the past century. Now researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed a process that could allow liquid fuel to be produced using solar generated electricity…

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Solar Fuels: How Close, How Real?

http://americansolarnews.com/ Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:24:00 -0700

Could a liquid fuel tech emerge that connects solar PV to the efficiency of electric engines — but this time with long driving range and near-instant refueling instead of recharging? And, could fuel be made from waste CO2 that …Read more …

Solar fuels company Joule teams with DNV GL for commercial

http://www.greencarcongress.com/ Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:25:14 -0700

Joule, the developer of a process for the solar conversion of CO2 to liquid fuels, has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with DNV GL, a leading provider of technical assurance and advisory services to the …

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Solar Energy splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen for fuel: Daniel Nocera, MIT [MIRROR]

CREDITS: Uploaded by Passion4Publishing on 27 Sep 2010 Daniel G. Nocera demonstrates the storage of solar energy in the form of electrochemically produced ox…

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UCLA Engineering researchers use electricity to generate alternative fuel

March 29, 2011

Imagine being able to use electricity to power your car — even if it’s not an electric vehicle. Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have for the first time demonstrated a method for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel isobutanol using electricity.

Today, electrical energy generated by various methods is still difficult to store efficiently. Chemical batteries, hydraulic pumping and water splitting suffer from low energy-density storage or incompatibility with current transportation infrastructure. In a study published

The study was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (ARPA–E). Read more …

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Liquid Fuels from Water, CO2, and Solar Energy

http://www.slideshare.net 2011-04-06 09:13:36 UTC

by Aldo Steinfeld EOI · 4/04/2011

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It almost seems to good to be true, but it is true. This is going to slow down global warming just in the nick of time. Taking CO2 from smokestacks and turning it into liquid fuel for our cars. I don’t think you could even make up such a story.

Rolf Hansen

 

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Liquid Fuels from Water, CO2, and Solar Energy

EOI. Madrid – 04/04/2011 Solar thermochemical processes for the production of synthetic hydrocarbon fuels make use of concentrated solar radiation as the ene…

Bright sparks in quest for solar fuel – Energy Storage Report

http://energystoragereport.info Wed, 21 May 2014 13:34:20 GMT

As scientists from across the world come together for the Solar Fuels Institute meeting, we look at progress towards a commercially viable solar fuel. … And while solar fuel generation technically includes using sunshine to create hydrogen, SOFI has a particular focus on CO2 catalysis to produce synthesis gas that can then be converted to methane, synthetic petroleum or other liquid fuels. “We want to accelerate research within academic labs because it’s cheaper …

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Solar Reactor for Clean Fuel Production | Science & Technology

http://www.stofficetokyo.ch Wed, 21 May 2014 12:07:42 GMT

In the framework of the EU-project Solarjet, scientists demonstrate for the first time the entire production path to liquid hydrocarbon fuels from water, CO2 and solar energy. The key component of the production process of …

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http://machineslikeus.com/news/converting-solar-liquid-fuel

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Liquid fuel created using solar energy, carbon dioxide, and genetically modified microorganisms

http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/30/2913852/liquid-fuel-solar-energy-carbon-dioxide-microorganisms-creation

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Way freakin’ cool!

Scientific American Reader: Fossil Free: Microbe Helps Convert Solar Power to Liquid Fuel http://goo.gl/mag/p8dz9

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Concentrating Solar Power Technology

Concentrating solar power (CSP) technology is poised to take its place as one of the major contributors to the future clean energy mix. Using straightforward manufacturing processes, CSP technology capitalises on conventional power generation cycles, whilst cost effectively matching supply and demand though the integration of thermal energy storage. Concentrating solar power technology provides a comprehensive review of this exciting technology, from the fundamental science to systems design, development and applications. Part one introduces fundamental principles of concentrating solar power systems. Site selection and feasibility analysis are discussed, alongside socio-economic and environmental assessments. Part two focuses on technologies including linear Fresnel reflector technology, parabolic-trough, central tower and parabolic dish concentrating solar power systems, and concentrating photovoltaic systems. Thermal energy storage, hybridization with fossil fuel power plants and the long-term market potential of CSP technology are explored. Part three goes on to discuss optimisation, improvements and applications. Topics discussed include absorber materials for solar thermal receivers, design optimisation through integrated techno-economic modelling, heliostat size optimisation, heat flux and temperature measurement technologies, concentrating solar heating and cooling for industrial processes, and solar fuels and industrial solar chemistry. With its distinguished editors and international team of expert contributors, Concentrating solar power technology is an essential guide for all those involved or interested in the design, production, development, optimisation and application of CSP technology, including renewable energy engineers and consultants, environmental governmental departments, solar thermal equipment manufacturers, researchers and academics. Provides a comprehensive review of concentrating solar power (CSP) technology, from the fundamental science to systems design, development and applications Reviews fundamental principles of concentrating solar power systems, including site selection and feasibility analysis and socio-economic and environmental assessments Provides an overview of technologies such as linear Fresnel reflector technology, parabolic-trough, central tower and parabolic dish concentrating solar power systems, and concentrating photovoltaic systems

Liquid Fuels from Water, CO2, and Solar Energy

http://www.slideshare.net 2011-04-06 09:13:36 UTC

by Aldo Steinfeld EOI · 4/04/2011

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Dr.Saravana K.T.Ph.D

Tue May 27 10:03:55 +0000 2014

RT @heliconiuscydno: My Longitude Prize challenge would be: To make liquid fuel from solar energy economically viable http://t.co/HB6dkWv2

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California Lab Sees Solar Fuel Progress as Rust Hurdle Tamed – Businessweek

http://news.google.com Thu, 29 May 2014 18:25:03 GMT

California Lab Sees Solar Fuel Progress as Rust Hurdle TamedBusinessweekBy the 2020s, the lab aims to advance that with a system that blends hydrogen with carbon dioxide absorbed from the air, much as a plant does, to make liquid fuels for cars, heav …

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Solar Reactor turns Sunlight, Water and Carbon Dioxide into Jet Fuel

http://www.techfragments.com Mon, 05 May 2014 10:47:16 GMT

“This is potentially a very interesting novel pathway to liquid hydrocarbon fuels using focussed solar power”, said Shell’s Professor Hans Geerlings. “Although the individual steps of the process have previously been …

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Japan’s Solar Revolution – The Sky’s (Not) the Limit – Tofugu

http://www.tofugu.com Thu, 29 May 2014 16:00:47 GMT

A look at an NBR report entitled Energy Mix in Japan Before and After Fukushima shows a renewed reliance on fossil fuels. In fact, according to Reuters, Japan’s imports of fossil fuels reached record highs after the 2011 …

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Liquid ‘SunGas’ from Sunshine, Water & CO2

Liquid ‘SunGas’ from Sunshine, Water & CO2. A new process has been developed that can take the energy from the sun and use it to convert water and carbon dio…

Opening of Solar Fuel Labs at NTU

Taking a leaf from nature: NTU’s new Solar Fuels Lab – the first in Asia – mimics photosynthesis to turn water into fuel.

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