Gelatinous chunks of biomass created from methane-rich gases like biogas from dairy farms and natural gas from oil wells. Credit: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Gelatinous chunks of biomass created from methane-rich gases like biogas from dairy farms and natural gas from oil wells.

Microbes covert methane to useable products

System converts methane into gelatin-like substance that can be used as basis for biofuels and other bioproducts such as feed for cows.

Oil and gas wells and cattle release methane gas into the atmosphere, and researchers are working on ways to not only capture this gas but also convert it into something useful and less polluting.

Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have developed a new system to convert methane into a deep green, energy-rich, gelatin-like substance that can be used as the basis for biofuels and other bioproducts, specialty chemicals an

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