The US Department of Energy is supporting a NREL-led project to establish a novel gas fermentation bioprocess for secretion of an array of fuel and chemical intermediates. The project also aims to develop a novel methanotrophic biocatalyst and fermentation configuration for the production of muconic acid from renewable biogas. The research team ultimately demonstrated an integrated, AD-biogas biological conversion process for the production of platform chemicals. The project has achieved industrially-relevant production (>0.5g/L/hr) of muconic acid from biogas.
The principal Investigator, NREL’s Mike Guarnieri, gave these illuminating slides at DOE’s Project Peer Review on the project’s promise and progress.