Ineos goes down the Fischer-Tropsch route to ethanol from municipal waste
23 Jul, 2008 10:02 am
Ineos goes down the Fischer-Tropsch route to ethanol from municipal waste, according to a press release from the company, reported on ICIS news and in newspapers like the Times.
Ineos looks to be licensing technology based around Clostridium Ljungdahlii a microbe that likes concentrations of carbon dioxide and hydrogen, and helpfully excretes ethanol.
The technology was reported in Green Car Congress in 2005. It was developed by Bioengineering Resources near Fayetteville, Arkansas. There is a patent about the Biological production of ethanol from waste gases with Clostridium ljungdahlii on Patent Storm. You'll need to work your way down to example 10. Good things clearly come too those who dig around a little.
What's not clear in the releases that I've seen is the level of sorting of municipal waste that is needed and the yields using this bacterium. Or whether it would be possible to use it as a way of dealing with plastics waste. Would it be cost effective to mine landfill? And what are the terms of the relationship with Bioengineering Resources.
Originally published on: Big Biofuels Blog