California Company's Revolutionary Biocatalytic Method to Transform CO2 Emitted by the Energy Sector
Santa Barbara, CA - February 11, 2008 - Carbon Sciences, Inc. (CABN), the developer of a breakthrough technology to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into gasoline and other fuels, said today that the company's method of recycling CO2 into fuel provides the most direct path and a substantial cost advantage over processes that produce renewable fuels from terrestrial crops.
"Other renewable fuel technologies, including those based on corn, sugarcane or palm seed, require large amounts of energy and time to grow, process, and ferment the crops into fuel equivalents," said Byron Elton, the company's President and COO. "In comparison, Carbon Sciences' innovative biocatalytic process is more economical since it is not based on photosynthetic plants where sunlight is used to drive biofuel production reactions. Rather, it is based on emulating the natural metabolic processes of certain micro-organisms where carbon atoms, extracted from CO2, and hydrogen atoms extracted from H2O, are combined to create hydrocarbon molecules using biocatalysts and relatively small amounts of energy. Our innovative, proprietary technology allows this process to occur on a large industrial scale through advanced engineering of the biocatalysts and highly efficient process design."
The pioneering technology, invented by Dr. Naveed Aslam, the company's chief technology officer, was recently chronicled in the respected GreenTech Pastures blog by Harry Fuller on ZDNet.com, which notes:
His process uses atomic Hydrogen (H+), the key to low energy CO2 to fuel transformation. Similar processes have used molecular hydrogen (H2) which requires a lot of energy. (Carbon Sciences) will use fresh water as the source of hydrogen in its process and split that molecule into OH and a hydrogen ion.
Elton, commented: "The media, as well as the renewable energy industry, is beginning to realize what we have always believed, that while CO2 is a major contributor of global warming, it can also provide the solution. In fact, we estimate that by 2030, using just 25% of the CO2 produced by the coal industry, we can produce enough fuel to satisfy 30% of the global fuel demand."
About Carbon Sciences, Inc.
Carbon Sciences, Inc. is developing a breakthrough technology to transform carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions into the basic fuel building blocks required to produce gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other portable fuels. Innovating at the intersection of chemical engineering and bio-engineering disciplines, we are developing a highly scalable biocatalytic process to meet the fuel needs of the world. Our solution to energy and climate challenges is a sustainable world of fuel consumption and climate stability by transforming CO2 into fuel. For example, Carbon Sciences' breakthrough technology can be used to transform CO2 emitted from fossil fuel power plants into gasoline to run cars and jet fuel to fly aircraft. To learn more about the Company, please visit our website at http://www.carbonsciences.com.