Bioplastics building block from greenhouse gas methane
The U.S. Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Bioenergy Technologies announced a grant of up to $2.5 million to NatureWorks in support of an ongoing program that aims to sequester and use methane, a potent greenhouse gas, as a feedstock for the company’s Ingeo™ biopolymers and intermediates. The grant supports an ongoing multi-year joint development program between NatureWorks and Calysta, with the specific goal of transforming, via a fermentation process, renewable biomethane into lactic acid, the building block for Ingeo. Ingeo materials are used worldwide in a host of consumer and industrial products (Press Release NatureWorks, 30 October 2014).
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