TAG: Microbial Electrosynthesis

Electrofuels Bacteria Eat Electrons, Poop Gasoline

Electrofuels Bacteria Eat Electrons, Poop Gasoline

A new method of producing liquid fuels for transportation uses microbes that feed on carbon dioxide and electricity to produce a “drop-in” gasoline substitute. As part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Electrofuels program, researchers have developed a method for using these microorganisms to create transportation fuels that could be over 10 times more efficient than the prevailing methods of biofuel production. “Electrofuels bypass photosynthesis altogether by utilizing microorganisms that are self-reliant and don’t need solar energy to grow or produce biofuels. These microorganisms can directly use energy from electricity and chemical compounds like hydrogen… read more