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A company that we featured this year as part of our list of top 10 emerging technologies (the TR10), Joule Biotechnologies, today announced that it had pulled in a second round of funding. It will use the money–$30 million–to push forward on a pilot plant it’s building in Leander, TX, near Austin. The company says its on track to start “high-capacity” production of diesel in 2012.

The company has developed a system that using genetically engineering photosynthetic organisms to convert carbon dioxide and water–with energy from sunlight–into diesel fuel (another similar system makes ethanol). Read more here.

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