Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI) with ExxonMobil, are tackling sustainable energy through algae. Read more here https://goo.gl/6db3Pj
Scientists from Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI) and ExxonMobil have developed a strain of algae able to convert carbon into a record amount of energy-rich fat, which can then be processed into biodiesel.
While algae using CO2 to generate fat is not new, it’s the amount of fat produced by the algae that’s noteworthy. Fatty algae make the strain more fit to eventually produce biofuels at an industrial scale.
Success in developing algae-based biodiesel at commercial levels will provide a number of tangible benefits. The fuel emits fewer greenhouse gases than most conventional energy sources, and that will help strengthen our ongoing transition to low-emission energy resources. Also, unlike other biofuel feedstocks, such as corn, algae production at an industrial scale would not stress food production.
Growing the amount of algae fat didn’t happen overnight. SGI and ExxonMobil began collaborating in 2009. SGI has long been a leader in using synthetic biology and genomics to create systems that help solve global sustainability challenges. Their work has had lasting impacts on fields like pharmaceuticals, vaccines and nutrition.
(Source: Energy Factor by Exxon mobile)