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    Sir Paul McCartney


Clean Fuels

MicGAS is a hydrogen-rich clean methane gas (CH4) produced from coal by specially engineered microbes. Gas composition ranges from 60-80% methane and remaining carbon dioxide (CO2). Higher rank coals produce more methane enriched gas than lower rank coals. MicGAS can be utilized for heating, power generation, upgraded by removing carbon dioxide to natural gas generally 90%+ methane or converted in to liquid fuels such as diesel and jet fuels with commercially proven Fischer Tropsch conversion process.

Commercial and environmental significance of MicGAS™.
Through its development of the Arctech Process, we have continued to substantially improved efficiencies and production techniques associated with MicGAS production from coal. We know of no other coal gasification technology, in either ex situ or in situ circumstances, that presently claims to successfully gasify coal at near ambient temperatures and without the need for significant costs associated with thermification. This uniqueness presents major opportunities for both reduced carbon footprints and cost efficiencies for “coal gasification” processes. Moreover, our in situ techniques are best suited for what is categorized as “non-recoverable” coal and it does not scar the environment through strip mining. MicGAS provides a cost-effective alternative to imported oil that can successfully compete at price parity or below, and unlike other alternative energy methods, without the need for government subsidies.

How microbes produce MicGAS™.
Bioconversion is accomplished by adapting micro-organisms (derived from termites) to coal in the presence of other appropriate nutrient components. Termites are, after all, nature’s engineers. Bioconversion is achieved in a two-step process. Step 1: In the hydrolytic and fermentation process, microbes convert coal into volatile organic liquids. Step 2: The liquid, along with gases that are produced, are contacted with methane-producing microbes that hydrogenate the acetate and CO2 into methane.


Production of Hydrogen-Rich Clean MicGAS™ from Coal

Coal, a buried biomass being predominately comprised of carbon, is amenable for biological conversion and is the cost-efficient alternative to ethanol. This process does not compete with the food supply, absorbs carbon dioxide, and makes goal green again.



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