Updated on 18 March 2013
The process is unique in many ways. The process allows a look at carbon sequestration in an entirely different way than just sequestration for carbon utilization and monetization. "We are able to present an opportunity for beneficial capture and reuse of a resource that is currently seen as a liability for many industries," says Dr Simpson. It is also a novel approach in reducing carbon footprint in the manufacturing process.
The microbes produce a broad spectrum of commodities, including alternative transport fuel and high-value chemicals used in polymers and plastics market. "The breadth of the opportunity is perhaps something that is most unique. We are not restricted to one input gas stream and we do not produce just one product, which makes us less susceptible to fragility with a particular feedstock or in a particular product market," he adds.