Rabbits Have the Guts to Cut CO2

Wednesday 15th July 2015

The worlds biggest steel and mining company is going to use rabbit guts to improve their sustainability! Our furry friends have a microbe in their gut that will help produce bioethanol from the waste gases emitted during steel making.

The biofuel will be developed by using microbes found in rabbit guts, these microbes will convert captured carbon monoxide into ethanol, cutting greenhouse gas emissions by over 80% compared with conventional fuels.

Approximately 50% of the carbon used in the chemistry of steelmaking leaves the process as carbon monoxide, that is either burned or at best used to heat and power a steel mill. In either case, the carbon monoxide is combusted and the resulting CO2 is emitted.

The 47,000 ton ethanol/annum project, sufficient to fuel half a million cars with ethanol blended gasoline, will demonstrate the added value of recycling waste streams. The process will reduce the companies carbon footprint, it will also keep fossil fuels in the ground through the production of commodity chemicals and fuels that would otherwise be made from oil.

Construction of the €87 million flagship project, located in Ghent, Belgium, is anticipated to be started later this year, with bioethanol production expected to begin mid-2017.

Hop little bunny, hop!

Picture of UVic rabbits by Jeffery J. Nichols (Arctic.gnome) reproduced under CCL.

Categories: General, Renewable, Reviews, Technology

Wednesday 15th July 2015

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