Govt-backed sunlight-to-fuel project gets new home in California
About 100 researcher will work on a sunlight-to-transportation fuels project in the new Solar Energy Research Center (SERC) in California that opened on Tuesday.
The USD-59-million (EUR 54m) building is the new home for the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), whose goal is to demonstrate a scalable, sustainable device that can produce fuels from sunlight and air at least 10 times more efficiently than plants.
JCAP is being financed by the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science along with the California Energy Commission. It is led by the California Institute of Technology, with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a key partner. Other partners are the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of California campuses at Irvine and San Diego.
The new SERC will also be the home for the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute (Kavli ENSI).