My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Pyrococcusfuriosus Bacterium Bio-engineered by University of Georgia’s to convert Carbon Dioxide to Bio-fuel - Carbon Sequestering profitable Hunger Games Catching

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pyrococcusfuriosus Bacterium Bio-engineered by University of Georgia’s to convert Carbon Dioxide to Bio-fuel - Carbon Sequestering profitable Hunger Games Catching

“What this discovery means is that we can remove plants as the middleman. We can take carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere and turn it into useful products like fuels and chemicals without having to go through the inefficient process of growing plants and extracting sugars from biomass”

Comments by Dr Michael Adams of the University of Georgia’s Bio-energy Systems Research Institute, a member of the team and co-author of the research pioneering CO2 to bio-fuel using Pyrococcusfuriosus Bacterium

It looks like a great year for Environmental Chemistry and Biochemistry. This as a team of Researchers from the University of Georgia’s Bioenergy Systems Research Institute have bio-engineered a bacterium, Pyrococcusfuriosus, to convert atmospheric CO2 into useful organic byproducts, particularly Bio-Fuels as stated in the article “Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide In The Air Into Useful Products”, published 3/26/2013 @ 3:51PM by Alex Knapp, Forbes

Effectively the name of this newly genetically modified bacterium, Pyrococcusfuriosus, translated from Latin literally means “Rushing Fireball” and stand to be the greatest discovery since Oil itself as noted in “'Rushing fireball' could turn carbon dioxide into Bio-Fuel”, published March 28, 2013 1:04 PM PDT by Shoshana Davis, CNET News.

It gets it’s fiery name from the fact that it’s usually found at higher temperatures of 200 C, way above boiling point deep in the ocean floor living around Hot water Vents under extremes of temperature and pressure. This is a very interesting trait to have as usually at those temperatures, most bacterium and proteins are easily denatured. Thus genetically modifying it to operate at lower temperatures and pressures such as 80 C and even managing to coax it to convert Hydrogen into 3-hydroxypropionic acid, a starter material for making Plastics is a big breakthrough.

That means making Bio-Fuels straight from other elementary materials such a CO2 is not far away, as 3-hydroxypropionic acid contains Carbon, implying the Pyrococcusfuriosus bacterium can fuse atoms to make larger compounds, a process only possible on earth in Plants or Algae via Photosynthesis

Immediately this presents the obvious solution to the problem of excess CO2 in atmosphere, which is a Greenhouse Gases, by converting it directly into something we can directly use. It thus is massive breakthrough. This means we’ve effectively closed the Krebb Cycle loop by eliminating Plants from the Equation as it relates to making Bio-fuels.

This reminds me of a company named Joule that uses Algae to convert CO2 and Water into Bio-Fuel as stated in the article Joule to make diesel at solar fuels plant”, published April 27, 2010 8:07 AM PDT by Martin LaMonica, CNET News.

No need for Yeast to Ferment sugars or other bacteria to break down other forms of cellulosic material into alcohol or other Bio-fuels. This as is the intention of Russian investors coming to Jamaica to grow Sorghum for Ethanol production as noted in my blog article entitled “Russians see potential in Ethanol Fuel Plant in Jamaica – From Russia With Love for sorghum”.

With the genetic modification of the Pyrococcusfuriosus bacterium, we can now do the process directly, without having to grow crops specifically for fuel or even wasting land space. In effect, with further research and in conjunction with other research into using other Bacteria to convert organic waste into Bio-Fuels as noted in my blog article entitled “Alternative Energy and The World - The Purple Cow and the Sun Salutes You” , we can close the loop as it relates to human use of Fossil Fuels as this gives us a means to converting CO2 back into useful Bio-Fuel.

The the benefits of clean boring fuels that are ok for your engine and even zero-Emissions Vehicles such as All-Electric vehicles in Jamaica as noted in my blog article entitled “ATL Automotive to benefit from Low-Sulphur Diesel in 12 Months Time - Bio-Fuels Resident Evil Apocalypse” and “Porteon to manufacture All-Electric Vehicles in St. Lucia - Strengthening CARICOM ties with Jamaican Skilled Labour” may soon be a reality. This news is bound to spur further research and development of the Bio-Fuel sector and the importation of All-Electric Vehicles into the island.

With further research economy-of-scale Bio-Chemical Process Plants using Pyrococcusfuriosus bacteria can make this process a viable commercial business opportunity, with large plants set up to sequester CO2 directly from the atmosphere. Even better, emitters or CO2 from Cars and Trucks to very large factories now have a financial reason to capture CO2: sale of sequestered CO2 to Bio-Chemical Process Plants using Pyrococcusfuriosus bacteria to make Bio-Fuel.

Thereby cleaning the environment of CO2 and at the same time helping to recycle CO2 with both economic, financial and environmental benefits. My writing about this develpement should not come as a surprise to many of my readers. Of late, I’ve been on something of a homage to Biochemistry in 2013. But this particular homage is huge, as if allowed to develop, it’ll change everything.

It’s a trend I decided to pick up on after the immense popularity of my article on Cupriavidus metallidurans Bacterium being used to convert toxic Gold (III) Chloride (Au2Cl6) into pure Gold (Au(s)) nuggets after seven (7) days as detailed in my blog article entitledCupriavidus metallidurans Bacterium used by Mitchigan State Professors to produce Gold Nuggets - BioChemistry Step Up Revolution for Cyanide Free Gold Mining”.

I soon followed up on this with the use of Mettelin impregnated Nanoparticles of liposomes to fight HIV(Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus)and potentially every possible virus known to man as stated in my blog article entitled “Washington University School of Medicine Researchers use Liposomes and Melittin to kill HIV - Olympus has Fallen and given us a Panacea for every disease on planet Earth”.

Bacteriophage Therapy, meanwhile has the potential to cure every Bacterial disease once developed properly as concluded in my blog article entitled “Bacteriophage Therapy from former USSR State Georgia is a potential treatment against Super-bug Bacteria - Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters Panacea to eradicate Bacterial infections”.

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