The startup company Calysta Energy was formed in 2011 as a spinout of DNA2.0, the largest US-based provider of synthetic genes for industrial and academic customers.  The new firm’s goal is for engineered organisms to use methane as a feedstock in producing liquid hydrocarbon fuels and high value chemicals that are cost-effective, scalable and reduce [...]

Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have found that hydrates, also known as methane hydrates in one form can hold and store hydrogen. Hydrates are a water ice and usually a natural gas compound that have been explored by researchers as a source of alternative fuel or storage medium for CO2.  The PNNL researchers [...]

We’ve long known that garbage piled up and landfills weep and leak methane gas.  Its even harvested and being put to use in many places.  Researchers had a hard time figuring out why – because landfills do not start out as a friendly environment for the organisms that produce methane. Now new research from North [...]

With no great surprise researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology found that substantial amounts of the greenhouse gas methane (natural gas) releases not only from large tropical reservoirs but also from run-of-the-river reservoirs in cool high mountainous Switzerland.  Its been known that warm reservoirs with a supply of organic matter [...]

A research team at the University of Washington and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has made important progress in converting methane gas to methanol. The process would make natural gas more useful as a liquid fuel and as a source for making other chemicals. The team uses methane, the primary component of [...]

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