For Biofuel Production, CO2 is the Feedstock to Watch | Red Rock | A Joule Unlimited Company

How does it work? The process employs engineered cyanobacteria as living, fuel-producing factories. Photosynthetic by nature, they capture sunlight and consume COin order to grow. However, by altering their metabolism, we have redirected the output of this natural process from biomass to fuels. The conversion of COto fuel is direct and continuous, in sharp contrast to the multi-step retrieval of sugars or oils from plant or algal matter – whether newly grown and harvested or buried in the earth’s crust over millennia. Moreover, this process upcycles industrial waste CO2 that would otherwise enter the atmosphere – giving governments around the world an economical option for carbon mitigation.

The CO2-to-fuel pathway is now approaching industrialization, with potential for significant impact in the near term. In fact, at demonstration sale, the process has already surpassed the 2018 productivity target set by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technology Office for algal biofuels

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