Navigation Links
'Living' biofilters could reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Date:6/6/2013

Biofilters containing naturally occurring microscopic organisms that live on methane gas could help reduce hard-to-manage greenhouse gas emissions in the petroleum, forest and agriculture industries.

University of Calgary researchers plan to deploy and test inexpensive "methane biofilters" to reduce low-volume methane emissions at oil and gas field sites, landfills/sludge lagoons, livestock feedlots, forest industry landfills and oilsands operations.

The three-year project received $495,100 from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation though its Biological Greenhouse Gas Management Program. The program is managed on behalf of CCEMC by Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions.

"The problem is we don't yet have a cost-effective solution in these industries for these low-volume, low-quality methane emissions," says project lead Patrick Hettiaratchi, professor of environmental engineering in the University of Calgary's Schulich School of Engineering.

"Methane biofiltration is a clean and completely 'green' technology that offers a solution. The greenhouse gas benefit is that these biofilters convert methane to carbon dioxide," he says.

To control hard-to-manage emissions, researchers are looking to nature, where a family of bacteria called methanotrophs (which are found in soil, compost and other environments) uses methane as an energy source and, in doing so, coverts the gas to carbon dioxide.

"These bacteria will take the methane down to a few parts per million," or negligible levels, says Peter Dunfield, associate professor of biological sciences in the University of Calgary's Faculty of Science and a specialist in molecular environmental microbiology: the DNA-based monitoring of microbes in their natural habitat.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is still emitted from the biofilters, but CO2 is about 25 times less potent as a greenhouse gas than methane. So keeping the methane out of the atmosphere would reduce the industry sec
'/>"/>

Contact: Mark Lowey
mlowey@ucalgary.ca
403-210-8659
University of Calgary
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Protecting living fossil trees
2. Global Surgical Devices Market Growth Driven by Improving Standards of Living and Longer Life Expectancies, Research Shows
3. Molecular spectroscopy tracks living mammalian cells in real time as they differentiate
4. Nature: Microscope looks into cells of living fish
5. Living microprocessor tunes in to feedback
6. Photograph of a living human brain is the overall winner of Wellcome Image Awards 2012
7. Penn researchers improve living tissues with 3-D printed vascular networks made from sugar
8. Force of nature: Defining the mechanical mechanisms in living cells
9. A new look at proteins in living cells
10. Living power cables discovered
11. Watching the cogwheels of the biological clock in living cells
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/24/2015)... CAPE TOWN, South Africa , August 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... awarded Germany ,s largest biometrics manufacturer DERMALOG ... with the "2015 African Biometrics Company of the ... installation in Nigeria .   ... ) and http://www.presseportal.de/nr/8896 - On Thursday ...
(Date:8/20/2015)... Calif. , Aug. 20, 2015   ... focused on improving the user experience and security ... vision technologies, today announced that its TrulySecure™ ... biometric authentication software to be FIDO Certified™. ... TrulySecure for compliance with the FIDO UAF (Universal ...
(Date:8/18/2015)... Aug. 18, 2015  Navitas today announced ... to the Submission Content Management webinar scheduled ... non-profit forum. Dedicated to the Implementation of Regulatory ... platform for industry, vendors, health authorities, consultants ... work towards a standard method of implementing ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Frost & Sullivan Honors DERMALOG with Biometrics Prize for Achievements in Africa 2Frost & Sullivan Honors DERMALOG with Biometrics Prize for Achievements in Africa 3TrulySecure From Sensory Becomes First Face and Voice Biometrics Technology to be FIDO UAF Certified 2TrulySecure From Sensory Becomes First Face and Voice Biometrics Technology to be FIDO UAF Certified 3TrulySecure From Sensory Becomes First Face and Voice Biometrics Technology to be FIDO UAF Certified 4TrulySecure From Sensory Becomes First Face and Voice Biometrics Technology to be FIDO UAF Certified 5Navitas, a Key Contributor in IRISS Forum Webinar 2Navitas, a Key Contributor in IRISS Forum Webinar 3
... cycle of ancient flatworms that cause schistosomiasis, Case Western ... to development of the parasites within humans a ... the activator, which turns on rapid growth, is in ... Schistosomiasis, which causes organ damage and failure, ...
... Fla. -- Invasive Burmese python hatchlings from the Florida ... to potentially expand their range through ocean and estuarine ... the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology ... conducted by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, ...
... Daily doses of a soy germ-based nutritional ... significantly reducing hot flash frequency after 12 weeks ... women published in the peer-reviewed Journal of ... that S-equol, produced from the isoflavone daidzein during ...
Cached Biology News:Crucial gene activator in slow-killing parasite identified 2Crucial gene activator in slow-killing parasite identified 3Salt water alone unlikely to halt Burmese python invasion 2New fermented soy ingredient containing S-equol significantly reduced hot flash frequency 2New fermented soy ingredient containing S-equol significantly reduced hot flash frequency 3New fermented soy ingredient containing S-equol significantly reduced hot flash frequency 4New fermented soy ingredient containing S-equol significantly reduced hot flash frequency 5
(Date:8/28/2015)... ... ... launch of FireflySci Inc. (FFS) in early 2015, the company continues to shake up the ... Fonz in a lab coat and Large Marge have been posted on the company’s Facebook ... FireflySci is proud to be the only cuvette manufacturer is the world that has an ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... ... ... Capital Edge Consulting , a nationwide consulting firm that specializes in ... as one of the top 5000 companies listed on the 2015 Inc. 5000 ... “It is truly an honor to be recognized as one of America’s fastest growing ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... , Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Portage Biotech ... PBT.U), and Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Limited (Biohaven), ... Phase I study of BHV-0223, a glutamate modulating ... regarding BHV-0223 and recently obtained clearance from the ... with human testing. Portage holds 54% equity interest ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... 2015  Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc. (NYSE MKT: AST), a ... medicine, today announced that executives from the company will ... September.  , Pedro Lichtinger , ... 17th Annual Global Investment Conference on Wednesday, September 10, ... Hotel in New York City . ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Cuvette Manufacturer FireflySci Launches Back to School Deals with Complimentary Shipping On All Orders 2Capital Edge Consulting Makes Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies 2Capital Edge Consulting Makes Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies 3Portage's Biohaven doses first human subject in Phase 1 trial with lead drug candidate BHV-0223 2Portage's Biohaven doses first human subject in Phase 1 trial with lead drug candidate BHV-0223 3Portage's Biohaven doses first human subject in Phase 1 trial with lead drug candidate BHV-0223 4Asterias Biotherapeutics to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences 2
... 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Angiotech Pharmaceuticals,Inc. (NASDAQ: ... pharmaceutical and,medical device company, today announced preliminary ... 30, 2007 and updated its financial,outlook for ... in conjunction with the,release of Boston Scientific ...
... 19 An affiliate of,Phlo Corporation (Pink ... distribution of its vitality product, AQUISS(TM), in ... within Northern California and has,been introduced into ... Springs area. In Northern California, AQUISS(TM) ...
... Radi Medical Systems Sponsors Case Review with Drs. Morton Kern, Nico ... ... Oct. 19 The use,of fractional flow reserve (FFR) for optimizing ... Cardiovascular,Therapeutics symposium, TCT 2007, which will take place Oct. 20-25 in,Washington. ...
Cached Biology Technology:Angiotech announces preliminary third quarter financial results and updates fiscal 2007 outlook 2Angiotech announces preliminary third quarter financial results and updates fiscal 2007 outlook 3Angiotech announces preliminary third quarter financial results and updates fiscal 2007 outlook 4Angiotech announces preliminary third quarter financial results and updates fiscal 2007 outlook 5Angiotech announces preliminary third quarter financial results and updates fiscal 2007 outlook 6Angiotech announces preliminary third quarter financial results and updates fiscal 2007 outlook 7Angiotech announces preliminary third quarter financial results and updates fiscal 2007 outlook 8Angiotech announces preliminary third quarter financial results and updates fiscal 2007 outlook 9Angiotech announces preliminary third quarter financial results and updates fiscal 2007 outlook 10Angiotech announces preliminary third quarter financial results and updates fiscal 2007 outlook 11AQUISS Continues Expansion Into New Territory 2Use of Fractional Flow for Optimizing Patient Outcomes is Topic of Several Sessions at TCT 2007 2