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Title: NREL Produces Ethylene via Photosynthesis; Breakthrough Offers Cleaner Alternative for Transportation Fuels (Fact Sheet)

NREL scientists have demonstrated a way to produce ethylene through photosynthesis, a breakthrough that could lead to more environmentally friendly ways to produce a variety of materials, chemicals, and transportation fuels. The scientists introduced a gene into a cyanobacterium and demonstrated that the organism remains stable through at least four generations, producing ethylene gas that can be easily captured. In the laboratory, the organism, Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, produced 720 milligrams of ethylene per liter each day.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1090160
Report Number(s):
NREL/FS-6A42-59009
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Related Information: Innovation Impact: Bioenergy, NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Biomass Program
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES ETHYLENE; PHOTOSYNTHESIS; BACTERIUM; CYANOBACTERIUM; BLUE-GREEN ALGAE; SYNECHOCYSTIS SP. PCC 6803; CARBON DIOXIDE; GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS; GENETIC ENGINEERING; GENE; Bioenergy