01 Apr '11, 12am

Scientists Create an Alternative Energy Biofuel from CO2 and Bacteria

Scientists Create an Alternative Energy Biofuel from CO2 and Bacteria

Photo source: Google Images - TreeHugger.com There are plus sides to being around too much Carbon Dioxide (CO2), according to members of the research and development team at the University of Minnesota . The research teams have created an alternative fuel that uses two types of bacteria to create hydrocarbons from sunlight and CO2. Those hydrocarbons can be made into renewable petroleum. The process starts with Synechococcus , a photosynthetic bacterium that fixes carbon dioxide in sunlight, then converting the CO2 to sugars. According to Gizmag , the converted sugars are then passed on to another bacterium, Shewanella , which consumes them and produces fatty acids. University of Minnesota biochemistry graduate student, Janice Frias, discovered how to use a protein to transform those fatty acids into ketones-a type of organic compound and then convert those ketones into di...

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