The Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) is the nation’s largest research program dedicated to the development of an artificial solar-fuels generation Science and technology.

JCAP was established in 2010 as a U.S. Department of Energy Energy Innovation Hub that aims to find  new and effective ways to produce fuels using only sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide. JCAP is led by a team from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and brings together more than 100 world-class scientists and engineers from Caltech and its lead partner, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. JCAP also draws on the expertise and capabilities of key partners from the University of California campuses at Irvine (UCI) and San Diego (UCSD), and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. JCAP is the Nation’s largest research program dedicated to the advancement of solar-fuels generation science and technology.


We’re issuing a challenge. We’re telling America’s scientists and engineers that if they assemble teams of the best minds in their fields and focus on the hardest problems in clean energy, we’ll fund the Apollo projects of our time… At the California Institute of Technology, they’re developing a way to turn sunlight and water into fuel for our cars… We need to get behind this innovation.
— President Barack Obama, State of the Union address, January 26, 2011