University of Maryland researchers patent fermentation of hydrocarbons

December 28, 2015 |

In Maryland, researchers at the University of Maryland have been awarded a patent that ferments biomass or gaseous CO2 and H2 into hexane and octane much like beer with the use of natural microorganisms. This follows a patent that uses a similar technique to produce ethanol but this time directly into hydrocarbon components. The microorganisms feed on hydrogen and CO2 and in the long run is expected to be much more energy-efficient and cost-effective than current corn-based ethanol production.

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