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September 25th, 2007

Start-Up U

Abstract:
By process of elimination, Chu arrived at two promising avenues for research: energy efficiency -- a field pioneered by Berkeley physicist Art Rosenfeld -- and harnessing the power of the sun. Sunlight can be captured by both technology and plants, which led him to identify the fields of photovoltaics, nanotechnology, electrochemistry, artificial photosynthesis, catalysis (producing hydrogen from water using sunlight), batteries (to hold energy produced by solar cells), and biofuels. Chu imagined a spectrum of biofuels, ranging from ethanol -- which requires modest leaps in innovation -- to more technically challenging fuels, such as butane and octane, that could be used by both airplane and conventional auto engines. Chu dubbed these sun-related projects Helios.

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