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Exploring the biological conversion of natural gas-based feedstocks into fuels and chemicals

Scientists at GTI are looking at ways of engineering microorganisms capable of using methane as a source of carbon and energy to produce liquid transportation fuels and chemicals from natural gas feedstocks.

Two technological approaches are currently being evaluated. The “direct” production route involves the engineering of biocatalysts designed to produce infrastructure-compatible transportation fuels and value added chemicals. The “indirect” route involves a two-stage process – the growth of engineered microorganisms on methane to produce a high quality, carbon rich biomass (stage 1) that could be converted via GTI’s Integrated Hydropyrolysis and Hydroconversion (IH) technology into hydrocarbon fuel (stage 2).