We’re a global team of scientists with one goal:

make a carbon neutral fuel from

sunlight, water and air.

Help us fight climate change and solve the energy crisis. Join us.

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The SOFI team dreams big. We believe the development of a carbon neutral solar fuel is the greatest energy opportunity of our lifetime. Using just sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water, we can create a clean liquid fuel that could someday power our cars, airplanes, and homes without contributing to climate change. But it won’t happen without a commitment to supporting research and collaboration. Our members include academic pioneers and industry leaders who are dedicated to working together, with us, to shape a new energy landscape. 

SOFI at the United Nations

SOFI Managing Director Dick Co was invited to speak at the United Nations Science, Technology, and Innovation Forum on Sustainable Development Goals.

“…make government funded research massively more accessible for innovators around the world.”

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Putting “CO2 Back to Work” was the topic of a New York Times Science piece quotes SOFI’s Dick Co:

“The big challenge is, how do we go from milligrams to megatons?…How do we make a dent in our energy portfolio when people are working in test tubes today?”

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Stay up to date on our projects & what we’re reading and writing about.
Knowledge Map

SOFI Knowledge Map: Have you ever wanted to be able to organize all of the information from the research publications you read? Check out the SOFI Knowledge Map. It uses a custom solar fuels taxonomy to help capture and organize the data, facts, and metrics in solar fuels literature.

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Demonstration Project

SOFI Demonstration Project: We have a 4 phase plan in place to build this initial version on a demonstration scale to utilize solar power, water, and carbon dioxide to produce methanol. One attractive feature of the SOFI Demo Project is that the entire system is modular. This provides the opportunity to understand and overcome the challenges of building an integrated unit, as well as to partner with frontline researchers and engineers to incorporate new technologies as the field develops. SOFI’s goal is to seed many versions of the Demo Project, where we are able to move technologies from research labs to a demonstration scale testing module by proving the field with performance metrics and access to hands on time with an operating integrated system. We know the SOFI Demo Project can assist and accelerate laboratory research through collaboration and community development.

From the Blog

Phase 1: Complete

Back in February 2016 we announced the commencement of the building phase of the SOFI Demonstration Project. Our plan designated four phases of development: Phase 1: CO2 to Methanol conversion Phase 2: H2 generation from water splitting Phase 3: Renewable energy incorporation Phase 4: CO2 capture This past April...

SOFI: 2016 in Review

Near the start of 2016, we opened the SOFI Knowledge Map to contributions from the solar fuels community. The response has been great. We are producing more “how to” videos, so look for those in 2017! If you have authored a paper and are looking for a way to...

Collaboration is Key

Last week Prof Hammarström published a Perspective in Chem, on the important roles of catalysis and solar fuels in meeting our future energy needs. One of our favorite quotes from Prof Hammarström’s piece is: “The challenges and opportunities for solar fuels are great, and we need a long-term and...

“Because SOFI is scouting the industry for promising technologies instead of pitching its own wares, it represents an ideal partnership target.”

Lux Research “Alternative Fuels Journal” 9-2013