Another Renewable Energy Source: E. coli
No shit; this is for real. This is another energy source — like solar and wind — where we'll never have a shortage.
British and Finnish scientists have found a way to generate renewable propane from E. coli. It's still in the experimental stages right now, but then so were oil drilling technology and the horseless carriage at one time.
Patrik Jones, of the department of life sciences at Imperial College London, said:
“Although we have only produced tiny amounts so far, the fuel we have produced is ready to be used in an engine straight away...We chose propane because it can be separated from the natural process with minimal energy and it will be compatible with the existing infrastructure for easy use...I hope that over the next five to 10 years we will be able to achieve commercially viable processes that will sustainably fuel our energy demands.”
Every little bit helps.
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