Bacteria Turns Carbon Dioxide Into Alcohol

[Genetically Engineered Bacteria Produces Alcohol Fuel]

Increasing Carbon Dioxide in the air is not just bad from a pollution standpoint, its also an indication of the depleting fossil fuel reserves.

Even though there are plenty of solutions for the pollution problem, there is still no sustainable way of producing more fossil fuels.

To rectify this problem, a chemist from Harvard University by the name of Daniel G Nocera has developed a new genetically engineered bacteria, called Ralston Eutropha, which consumes CO2 and converts it into energy.

This energy is stored in the form of Alcohol Fuel (isopropanol, isobutanol, isopentanol) which can be burned like any regular fuel.

Although this bacteria isn’t efficient enough to provide a large scale solution to the pollution problem, it still goes through enough carbon dioxide to make it atleast 10 times as efficient as plants.

Researchers are currently working on studying the different aspects of this bacteria and how it functions. Once that is completed, the results will be published for review. Until then, we can atleast enjoy the thought of free fuel for life.

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Source: PHYS ORG
Posted on : 06 Jun 2016 @ 13:34

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