Researchers produce caproate from food waste

April 29, 2018 |

In Ireland, University of Ireland researchers were able to produce caproate, a precurser molecule to form oil-based products, from food waste, using microbes as a way to convert the food waste to an energy source. The team collected food waste from a local restaurant and used the organic material in an anaerobic system. They removed oxygen from the vessel and over two weeks found that the food waste did produce caproate. After additional testing and tweaking, they were able to produce a high enough amount of caproate to use for oil production. The team plans on conducting further studies to improve the procedure and increase the amount of caproate produced.

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