A bio-engineered bacteria holds the promise of solving the energy crisis.

Joule Biotechnologies, a startup based in Massachusetts, has bio-engineered blue-green algae to make it produce hydrocarbon fuel directly from sunlight. The algae, also known as cyanobacteria, is combined with enzymes that capture sunlight to make a biofuel that can replace conventional fuels at less than half their cost.

The company has filed a patent for their technology and hopes to commercially produce biofuel in the next two years.

Joule Biotechnologies

[via Fast Company]

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