Industrial Microbes and Opus 12 win DOE award to produce chemicals from waste

October 5, 2019 |

In California, the U.S. Department of Energy has announced a $1M SBIR Phase II grant award for a collaboration between Industrial Microbes and Opus 12 to facilitate the integration of Industrial Microbes’s methane-to-industrial-chemicals platform with Opus 12’s CO2-to-methane platform.

The companies’ combined technology addresses remediation of the two most important GHG gases: CO2 and methane. In the first phase of the project, the two teams demonstrated that their technologies could be combined to catalyze the conversion of CO2 and methane contained in biogas into a high-value product. This new funding enables the partners to accelerate scale-up and validation of their breakthrough technology. Through this project, the capture and reuse of greenhouse gases will be incentivized by the value of the final product. The target product for this program is “a versatile chemical intermediate for the materials sector with a market potential in excess of $20B per year”. 

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