The Science

Making chemicals from waste gas

Certain microbes (e.g. Clostridium spp. and Cupriavidus spp.) are able to grow on the waste gases carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) from landfill and industry as well as ‘syngas’ (CO & H2) produced from sustainable biomass resources. They produce simple carbon molecules (monomers) which can be converted into an array of useful products including low carbon fuels, plastics, fibres, dyes, pharmaceuticals and animal feed.

The advantages:

  • Uses Cheap, plentiful waste
  • Does not compete with food for land
  • Carbon neutral and does not add to the greenhouse effect
  • Sustainable and secure

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