University of Georgia researchers believe they have found a process for turning carbon dioxide found in the earth’s atmosphere into industrial products that may eventually lead to bio-diesel.
"Basically, what we have done is create a microorganism that does with carbon dioxide exactly what plants do-absorb it and generate something useful," said Michael Adams, member of UGA's Bioenergy Systems Research Institute, Georgia Power professor of biotechnology and Distinguished Research Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.
"This is an important first step that has great promise as an efficient and cost-effective method of producing fuels," Adams said. "In the future we will refine the process and begin testing it on larger scales."
If a process for turning carbon dioxide into fuel were to become a commercial reality, the economic implications would be enormous.
The job creation that would result from the University of Georgia research could change the national employment model. Congratulations to UGA for what may be “break-through” technology!