Startup Turns Trash Into Chemical Cash

October 18, 2010

Fast Company: Genomatica, a startup best known for figuring out how to make spandex from sugar cane and E.coli, has a new trick up its sleeve: producing chemicals from trash. The startup, which relies on microbes to turn renewable feedstocks into major market chemicals, recently patented a method to use synthetic gas as a feedstock. Syngas is often less expensive than other renewable feedstocks--and it can be sourced from municipal solid waste and biomass, including switchgrass, wood waste, agricultural waste, and dairy waste.

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