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New Zealand's LanzaTech has struck a deal with Virgin Atlantic to provide the world's first low carbon jet fuel.
The Auckland-based firm said it has created a breakthrough in aviation fuel technology that would see waste gases from industrial steel production being captured, fermented and chemically concerted into jet fuel.
"The revolutionary fuel production process recycles waste gases that would otherwise be burnt into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide," Virgin Atlantic said.
Co-founder and chief scientists Dr Sean Simpson spent two years developing a microbe that eats carbon monoxide and can generate energy by eating carbon derived from flue gas alone.The Lanzatech team sequenced the microbe’s genome, figured out its energy converting abilities and discovered that the microbe was incredibly immune to contaminants contained in flue gas emissions.
A microscopic living organism, such as a bacterium, fungus, protozoan or virus.