Joule, the pioneer of liquid fuels from recycled CO2, today announced the successful results from third-party testing of its ethanol fuel, setting the stage to obtain certification for commercial use. Initiated by AUDI, Joule’s strategic partner in the automotive space, the test results confirm that Joule’s ethanol meets the following standards in the U.S. and Europe, respectively:
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D4806 – Denatured fuel ethanol for blending with gasolines for use as automotive spark-ignition engine fuel
- German Institute for Standardization (DIN) EN 15376 – Ethanol as a blending component for petrol
Joule has initiated efforts to use these results to obtain the government approvals needed for commercialization of its ethanol fuel.
“We are pleased to achieve another critical step towards our planned near-term delivery of fuel-grade ethanol from recycled CO2,” said Serge Tchuruk, President and CEO of Joule. “Using waste CO2 as a feedstock, our technology has the two-fold advantage of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and producing cost-competitive, drop-in fuels. This means we have a unique opportunity to offer a solution to CO2 emitters and to fuel users, directly supporting a low carbon economy.”
“AUDI and Joule share a commitment to making carbon-neutral mobility a reality,” said Reiner Mangold, head of sustainable product development, AUDI AG. “The successful testing of ethanol produced from CO2 is another encouraging indication of this technology’s progress. We are proud to work with Joule to ultimately sustain global transportation without emitting more CO2 than is consumed.”
Joule’s CO2-derived ethanol will address a global biofuels market of approximately 1.9 million barrels consumed per day. It is chemically identical to fuel-grade ethanol on the market today, yet it differs in the way it is produced. Unlike processes requiring the fermentation of sugars from corn, cellulose or other biomass materials, Joule uses engineered catalysts to recycle industrial CO2 emissions directly into ethanol, avoiding the use of crops, arable land and fresh water. At full-scale commercialization, Joule ultimately targets productivity of up to 25,000 gallons of ethanol per acre annually.
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.