Instead of energy-rich carbon being dispersed into the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas, the new process means that it is converted to useful products instead. Microbial biomass is a promising intermediate feedstock for synthesising biofuels and bioproducts. It can be processed by using modern thermochemical conversion technologies, including hydrothermal liquefaction and pyrolysis methods that produce biocrudes that are much like petroleum crude oils. The new process is scalable and flexible, and presents a proof-of-concept that obtains exceptional biomass productivity compared to future targets for algal biomass production.
Source: Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC)