Posts Tagged ‘ BioFuels ’

UPDATES, Employment Pivot, and Prompt

I know it has been a long time since I have posted on aJonster and I apologize about the amount of silence that has occurred, but that does not mean I have been idle with that time.

Over the next couple posts I will try to explain what has happened in my life that has caused such a great shift in my professional development, while also turning this audience onto a bunch of new companies and technologies I have stumbled across during my time of research.

First, ProNutria has an update page where its landing page used to be. I wonder what kind of announcements will be coming out in the next couple of weeks? I am hoping for their first Protein product, but it could really be anything, so fingers and toes will be crossed for that.


A few hints to this so called Pivot. First a Vocabulary Word.

Carbon Fiber – A reinforcing fiber produced by the pyrolysis of an organic precursor fiber, such as PAN (polyacrylonitrile), rayon or pitch, in an inert atmosphere at temperatures above 1800 degrees F.  The term carbon is often used interchangeably with the term graphite, but the fibers differ.  Carbon fibers are typically carbonized at about 2400 degrees F and contain 93 – 95% carbon.  Carbon fibers can be converted to graphite fibers by graphitization at 3450 F to 4500 degrees F after which they contain more than 99% elemental carbon.  Carbon fibers are known for the light weight, high strength, and high stiffness.


Second Hint, a Company Profile.

Yulex Corporation is revolutionizing rubber and energy production through sustainable, agricultural-based, latex allergy friendly solutions. The company harnesses crop science, zero-waste bioprocessing, and materials science for the production of biomaterials from the renewable, industrial crop guayule. Yulex’s biorubber, resin and biomass materials have medical, consumer, industrial and bioenergy applications. The company is based in the U.S. Southwest and has a growing global footprint. – See more HERE


Third Hint, a curve ball.

OriginOil’s Electro Water Separation™ (EWS) system is a continuous process to efficiently remove oils, suspended solids, insoluble organics and bacteria. Electro Water Separation seamlessly integrates two proprietary technologies: Single Step Extraction™ and Electro Flotation.

Initial Algae Application

EWS was developed for the algae industry to solve the critical problem of how to extract microscopic algae out of up to 1000 times its weight in water at high speed, while using neither chemicals nor excessive energy. The first custom systems delivered to our pilot partnership only delivered extraction, relying on other vendors for the concentration stage. Later, we developed and integrated Electro Flotation, and we can now achieve the concentration level of at least 5% algae solids.

Frack Water Cleanup

EWS has since found a promising direction in removing petroleum and other organic compounds from water used in oil and gas production. Recently in third party testing, EWS recovered 98% of hydrocarbons in a test sample of frack flowback water. Frack flowback describes water used in a drilling process called ‘hydraulic fracturing’, or ‘fracking’. This test sample was taken from an oil well from which 200,000 gallons of oil-rich water flowed back over a period of two weeks. The water resources firm PACE Engineering supplied the sample and analyzed the results shown in this photo.

Additional applications are expected in industrial waste water recovery.


Fourth Hint, I know this is breaking the literary rule of everything in threes, but I don’t care.

Glide SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards)


If the answer is yes, we welcome you to join the thriving ecosystem of Glide enthusiasts across the country and globe -the SUP buyers, dealers, retailers and team riders whose passion and loyalty have fueled our rapid growth and made us the fastest growing manufacturer of SUP boards in the world.


Inspired design 100%

Made in the USA

Versatile product line


Unparalleled performance

Compelling price points

And one more thing: we control every phase of the manufacturing process. This control provides a market agility that is unique in an industry dominated by off shore product. There is nothing nimble about waiting 8+ weeks for a container of imported Chinese boards to arrive and clear customs. At Glide, not a single element of the production cycle is outsourced. It all happens at our factory in Salt Lake City, the largest board manufacturing operation in the country. It’s this control of process flow and inventory that has made Glide such a trusted business partner to our dealers and retailers throughout the world.

But none of this means much of anything in the absence of product value. “Made in the USA” wilts in the market if it comes at a premium cost. Glide boards outperform and outlast other SUP brands by order of magnitude, and at price points that are in line with (and oftentimes lower) than the vast majority of the competition.

And we’ve got a board for every type of paddling you’re looking to do: recreational flat-water, high adrenaline whitewater, surf, race, yoga—you name it. We even make multi-purpose boards that do it all.


SO WITH ALL THE HINTS, can you guess what kind of change has happened in my life?

Now for a little prompt.

PROMPT – Your character is 95% done with something majorly important in their life, now throw life at them to force their own pivot.

Thanks for being there,

Addictive Andrew

Joule Unlimited New Video!

Since I have an unnatural fascination with Joule Unlimited, Flagship Ventures, and David Berry I had to post this video.

Joule Unlimited and Joule Fuels Update/PROMPT

Hey Everyone!

As the close of my Creative Writing Degree draws nearer, those hard life questions have assumed a large amount of my time. But, I just can’t be quiet about some of the recent announcements that have come out of one of my favorite companies, Joule Unlimited and Joule Fuels.

First announcement comes from a press release posted on 4/15/13 that is a basic summary from a presentation at the Advanced Biofuels Leaders Conference 2013.

Joule Extends Solar CO2-Conversion Platform to Produce Renewable Gasoline and Jet Fuel 

– Joule today announced another industry first in renewable fuel production: the direct conversion of waste CO2 into the essential components of gasoline and jet fuel. The breakthrough gives Joule the opportunity to expand its Sunflow™ product line and help address global demand for true hydrocarbon fuel replacements.

– To date, renewable hydrocarbon-based fuel substitutes have required the complex, multi-step conversion of algal or other agricultural biomass feedstocks into fuel pre-cursors, and subsequent chemical upgrading. In contrast, Joule has engineered photosynthetic biocatalysts that convert waste CO2 into hydrocarbons through a patented, continuous process. Joule has been successfully scaling its process for making ethanol (Sunflow-E) while also developing long-chain hydrocarbons for diesel (Sunflow-D). With its latest breakthrough, Joule becomes the first company able to directly produce medium-chain hydrocarbons which are substantial components of gasoline (Sunflow-G) and jet fuel (Sunflow-J).

Click the LINK to check out more from the press release. But the important thing is Joule Unlimited has unlocked the potential to make Jet and Gasoline fuels on top of the already impressive Ethanol and Diesel variants by redefining what most EcoCritics call a waste gas (CO2) and using it to fuel (little biofuel humor) their Cyanobacteria factories.

If that sounds weird, don’t worry it is. But this is the essentially the same process as making beer. Real simply, Brewers feed yeast cultures simple sugars (mash) and the yeast cultures in turn produce the vapors that gets turned into alcohol. Here is an info graphic from PopSci that breaks that down.



That wasn’t the only tasty nugget of information that David Berry and crew had available. Looks like the Joule Unlimited family is expanding, with Joule Fuels. Their offices are even in The Netherlands! 

While looking around the new, I came across several new pictures of the camera shy production plant out in Carlsbad, New Mexico.



I can’t even count the amount of time I spent refreshing Google Maps when I first heard about this plant being built. Now, here it is, no blur or anything! 

Are you as Geek-ed up as I am about those pictures? Probably not, but if you have seen my previous work, you know I am uber-Geek when it comes Joule Unlimited, ProNutria, and many other fringe science projects (More on that in the coming posts).

I often ask myself, am I holding back some of the more technical details when I tell anyone who will listen about this technology. I mean, it is really hard to visualize something this odd. Well, Joule Fuels has a few more nuggets of awesome to share with us.




Now, I know this looks different from the old Solar Panel setup, but this design is a lot more efficient and has a lot less materials required to build, making large economies of scale a lot easier to obtain than the initial solid frame structures still found on Joule Unlimited’s site.

One thing that has always bugged me, is the amount of stealth some of these companies run when first starting. Well, Joule Fuels has one more fun nugget.




This was an even sweeter piece of information than the pictures of the plant. A freaking path to market page! April 15th, when I discovered all of this, could potentially be a mini Christmas for me from now on. I didn’t realize it at first, but I was in a Joule Unlimited dry spell. I found myself watching David Berry’s SolveForX Video over and over again. I checked rumor sites, websites, and comments on past articles to see if there was a nugget of something new (which actually lead me to the successful Google Maps search for the plant). But none of that compares to getting all of this new information and pictures!

I better stop for now. I will end it the way all my entries are, with a Writing Prompt!

PROMPT – Create a job/industry servicing the rapid expansion of building this technology. Your character will be brand new to this industry, bearing witness to some of the potential growing pains of an entirely new way of producing fuel from what humanity used to call waste.

PS – Just to make sure I don’t get in trouble for this, I am not associated with Joule Unlimited or Joule Fuels in any way, even though I would love to be. The views and opinions in this post are my own crazy fanboy thoughts. All pictures can be sourced by the links provided. I hope you enjoy this post, much more like it will be coming down the road.