Efficient New Catalytic Approach Directly Converts Raw Biomass Into Natural Gas With Low Carbon Footprint

Hay Bales Field

New catalytic approach directly converts raw biomass into natural gas with low carbon footprint.

Natural gas can be used as fuel for generating electricity, heating, and powering transportation. It is also the raw material to manufacture hydrogen and ammonia.

Currently, biogenic and thermogenic processes are the two widely accepted methods for natural gas production. Whereas, high content of CO2 in gas products is inevitable during these processes, which cannot satisfy the composition requirements of pipeline natural gas.

A research group led by Prof. LU Fang from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) proposed an efficient catalytic approach to directly transfer solid biomass into natural gas with low carbon footprint.

This study was recently published in Nature Communications.

Bio-Natural Gas Production From Biomass

Conceptual diagram for bio-natural gas production from biomass. Credit: Nature Communications

The researchers prepared a robust catalyst with Ni2Al3 DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-27919-9

This study provides a new guidance for the catalytic transformation of raw biomass. It was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Key R&D Program of China, the Strategic Priority Research Program of CAS, and DICP Grant.

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