Mass. startup uses photosynthetic microorganisms to produce biofuel

07/27/2009 | MIT Technology Review

Joule Biotechnologies has developed a technique that uses biotech photosynthetic microorganisms housed in photobioreactors to turn carbon dioxide and water into ethanol or hydrocarbon fuels using solar energy. The company plans to construct a pilot-scale facility in the southwestern U.S. by early 2010, and hopes to commercially produce ethanol by the end of next year using the process, which it says can generate 20,000 gallons of biofuel per acre annually.

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