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Alternative fuels from the farm

Scientists in America have developed a method to convert methane gas into a substance that could be used to make a range of bio-products.

Methane gas is released from things like fossil fuels and livestock. Capturing and reusing it in an environmentally-friendly and useful way could be possible thanks to research undertaken at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

Earlier this month the PNNL team announced it had manufactured a system to “convert methane into a deep green, energy-rich, gelatin-like substance that can be used as the basis for biofuels and other bio-products”

“We take a waste product that is normally an expense and upgrade it to microbial biomass which can be used to make fuel, fertilizer, animal feed, chemicals and other products,” said Hans Bernstein, author of a recent paper in Bioresource Technology.

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