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Industry:
Chemical
Owner:
ZeaChem Inc.
Name:
Acetogenes
Type:
Microbe - Product
Description:
Acetogens have several advantages compared to yeast, which is used in most other fermentation stages: acetogens convert all xylose (C5) and glucose (C6) sugars and tolerate all breakdown products of biomass, they operate in harsh environments, and they produce no CO2. Acetogens have found competitive niches in many natural environments such as freshwater and marine sediments, deep subsurface sediments associated with oil fields, sewers, anaerobic digesters, and the gastrointestinal tracts of termites, cockroaches, ruminants, and monogastric animals including humans. The acetogens are able to compete in these environments because of the remarkably diverse range of substrates they are able to consume.
Stage of development:
In use
Partner:
Notes:

A unique differentiator of ZeaChem’s technology is the ability to produce a range of products to serve a variety of market sectors. While corn ethanol and competing cellulosic ethanol technologies are captive to single or limited markets, ZeaChem’s approach can produce many chemicals and fuels within the carbon chain product groups.

Website:

http://www.zeachem.com/technology/products.php