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.
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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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.
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
December 2017 saw another monumental event in Paris – the One Planet Summit. Co-organized by French President, Emmanuel Macron, the President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, the One Planet...
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When we saw the World Economic Forums’ list of Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017 ranked “a liquid fuel from sunlight” at number 4, we were elated. The diverse list compiled by the WEF and Scientific American advisory board, included solar fuels technology amongst many other amazing and exciting technologies that have potential to significantly impact society. Appropriately, the main criteria require that a technology have the potential to: “…improve lives, transform industries and safeguard the planet.” Touting the ability of a solar fuel to be made from CO2 the WEF said…