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Biofuels Companies Drop Biomass and Turn to Natural Gas | MIT Technology Review

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The high cost of making biofuel from cellulosic sources is prompting a new strategy.


Calysta Energy, a recently unveiled startup based in Menlo Park, California, plans to make diesel fuel that costs half as much as conventional diesel. It says it has demonstrated, at a small scale, that microorganisms that naturally feed on natural gas can be engineered to make diesel and other chemicals, and it projects that the process will be far cheaper than conventional thermochemical methods for making liquid fuels from natural gas.

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