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Dear <<First Name>>,

Greetings and salutations! As 2017 draws to a close, we wanted to pass along a note of gratitude for your support and your continued efforts at driving the processes of scientific discovery and innovation.
 
2017 saw exciting global milestones and recognition for solar fuels. The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Scientific American, ranked solar fuels and artificial photosynthesis 4th in its top ten emerging technology of 2017. Breakthrough Energy Coalition committed to funding “liquid fuel” research as one of its initial 5 areas of focus. And the European Commission announced its €5 million “Fuel from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis” prize.
 
This year SOFI articulated its thesis to innovation in an editorial in the journal Chem on the various pathways to commercialize solar fuels technologies today. We hope it encourages innovators in our space to explore the potential for solar fuels technologies in markets today. As a mater of fact, we have already supported one solar fuels startup this year that is targeting a $25B+ U.S. market (with 13% YOY growth) with a consumer product.
 
We had the honor of working closely with two energy journals that launched this year: – Joule (a Cell Press journal) and Sustainable Energy & Fuels (SEF, a Royal Society of Chemistry journal). Joule and SEF are working with SOFI to enter data into the SOFI Knowledge Map by including a link in their acceptance letters.
 
Looking forward to 2018, there are several items we are watching closely. First, the Nordic Blue Crude plant set to begin construction in 2018. Second, the continued efforts of Mission Innovation. From their “Converting Sunlight Innovation Challenge” to their partnership with Breakthrough Energy to develop novel Public-Private funding mechanisms for energy research, Mission Innovation is an organization to watch! Third, the EU’s Horizon 2020 project, especially the “Fuel from the Sun: Artificial Photosynthesis” prize. And last, but not least the new 12 Commitments from the One Planet Summit.
 
2018 has much in store for solar fuels, and we look forward to celebrating every milestone with you.
 
Best wishes for 2018 and beyond,
The SOFI Team
 

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