SOFI Press

A collection of media items where SOFI is mentioned, quoted, or discussed.

October 4, 2017 - “By taking a hybrid approach, you leverage what each side is better at,” SOFI Managing Director Dick Co was asked by the ScienceNews to weigh in on the exciting research coming out of the Lui lab at UCLA.

September 14, 2017 - Dick Co, Managing Director at SOFI, comments on the changing landscape of funding for CO2 and energy-based research efforts in the Guardian’s look at entrepreneurs in the field of CO2 utilization and energy storage.

July 13, 2017 - SOFI partnered with Catalytic Innovations and Opus12 to pen a Synergy article on the prospects of commercializing solar fuel technologies today. “Component technologies in solar fuels can drive innovation in established industries, address pain points, and validate market behavior on commercial scales. In turn, these collectively lower the barrier to creating a larger solar fuels market.”

March 10, 2017 - Managing Director, Dick Co, is quoted on the benefits of high-throughput screening for solar fuels catalysts, as developed at JCAP and LBNL.

December 1, 2016 - Voice of America contacted SOFI about the monumental advancement in synthetic biology, published in Science, that demonstrated a 5 fold increase in CO2 utilization over in vivo systems. SOFI’s Amanda Smeigh is featured in both the written piece and video.

October 13, 2016 - Prof Hammarström’s piece in Chem, by CellPress, recognized SOFI’s role in fostering global collaboration and working with academic, entrepreneurial, and industrial partners to advance renewable fuel technologies.

August 1, 2016Congressional Quarterly‘s subscription only publication, took a look into the rise of energy storage and the funding boost it could get from up coming legislation in Congress. Dick Co emphasizes that solar fuels as a storage option is not a “fundamental” problem any more and encouraged funding for development and commercialization.

June 6, 2016 - Dick Co was invited to speak at the United Nations Science, Technology, and Innovation Forum for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In his speech, Dick mentions how databases like SOFI’s Knowledge Map can help Government funded research results can make data more accessible to innovators across all of the SDSs, not just clean energy.

May 2, 2016 - The New York Times Science section published Henry Fountain‘s piece on putting “CO2 Back to Work”.

April 7, 2016 - Interested in learning more about Phase 1 of the SOFI Demonstration Project, and Northwestern University’s role in moving this phase forward? Northwestern Research interviewed SOFI’s Dick Co and our Phase 1 collaborators.

May 22, 2015 - The Guardian published a look at “High-tech Photosynthesis” and pondered its ability to meet the needs of society. SOFI’s proposal is to get a version of the technology in front of researchers and enthusiasts and let innovations happen.

April 14, 2015 - Blue Sky Innovations’ piece for the Chicago Tribune interviewed Managing Director Dick Co about SOFI and its plans to create a liquid fuel from carbon dioxide, water, and energy from the sun.

December 29, 2014 - Chicago Magazine came up with 3 easy steps to power your car with “solar rays”. While not that simple, we really liked the way they captures the essence of what the Demo Project is aiming for.

October 2, 2014 - President Obama spoke at Northwestern University and mentioned the SOFI Demo Project - where we will use CO2, water, and solar energy to make a renewable carbon neutral liquid fuel.

September 14, 2014 - One step towards a solar fuel is finding ways to efficiently harness sunlight. The Columbia Chronicle published a piece on transparent solar windows, and Amanda Smeigh weighed in.

May 21, 2014 - Energy Storage Report covers the SOFI 2014 annual meeting in Uppsala, Sweden. From dreams of the future to possible commercialization scenarios, Energy Storage Report shares SOFI’s optimism for the future of solar fuels.