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make a carbon neutral fuel from

sunlight, water and air.

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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. 

“I want Americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs: converting sunlight into liquid fuel – President Obama, State of the Union

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From the Blog

UNC SERC: Building a Dye-sensitized Solar Fuels Device

Do you spend your days thinking about photons and how they impact the world around you? Is light management (light capture/light conditioning) at the core of your research? Does electron transfer get you all charged up? If so, make plans to attend the UNC Solar Energy...

There’s No Reason Why We Shouldn’t Do This

Not even the first Tube strike in a decade could dampen my excitement after meetings on the SOFI Knowledge Map with Nature journal editors in London (and subsequent meeting with the Royal Society of Chemistry and Energy and Environmental Science in Cambridge). It is...

Tell Us About It

For the past two years, SOFI has been blogging about the things we think are interesting, challenging, and exciting. We appreciate every click, view, and interaction with our posts on Facebook, Twitter, and our blog; over 15,000 in all in the past 12 months! Now, we...

“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