Technology Owner: Ginkgo Bioworks
About: Bioengineered, or genetically modified, microbes that can convert CO₂ to chemicals. These microorganisms directly use energy and carbon from electrolytically-derived formate to produce liquid fuels from carbon dioxide (CO2). Such a process is much more efficient than photosynthesis. Electrolytic production of formate from CO2 can utilize electricity from a variety of renewable sources. The flexibility of electricity and the avoidance of the need for direct sunlight translate to greater flexibility in the location of such an electrofuel facility.
Type: Short-term Recycling
Utilization: CO2 to chemicals
Location: Boston, Massachusetts