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CO2 from the air around us can be a raw material that microorganisms can convert into biomethane under anaerobic (oxygen-free) conditions.
Editorial office / Utrecht

The production of this methane (natural gas or ‘green gas’) from CO2 can play a role in combating global warming, not in the first place by removing CO2 from the atmosphere, but mainly because biomethane is a circular alternative to fossil fuels.

Current techniques for capturing CO2 are still inefficient. In the project ‘Integration of direct air capture and biomethanation for decentralized fuel production’, a research group led by associate professor Annemiek ter Heijne of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) will develop a new, efficient process in which the capture of CO2 from the air and the biological conversion of CO2 into biomethane will be integrated.

The project of half a million euros is funded 50/50 by the research organisation Wetsus and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

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