How to access and exploit natural resources sustainably: petroleum biotechnology

Sherry, Angela, Andrade, Luiza, Velenturf, Anne, Christgen, Beate, Gray, Neil D. and Head, Ian M. (2017) How to access and exploit natural resources sustainably: petroleum biotechnology. Microbial Biotechnology, 10 (5). pp. 1206-1211. ISSN 1751-7915

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Abstract

As we transition from fossil fuel reliance to a new energy future, innovative microbial biotechnologies may offer new routes to maximize recovery from conventional and unconventional energy assets; as well as contributing to reduced emission pathways and new technologies for carbon capture and utilization. Here we discuss the role of microbiology in petroleum biotechnologies in relation to addressing UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 (ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns), with a focus on microbially-mediated energy recovery from unconventionals (heavy oil to methane), shale gas and fracking, bioelectrochemical systems for the production of electricity from fossil fuel resources, and innovations in synthetic biology. Furthermore, using wastes to support a more sustainable approach to fossil fuel extraction processes is considered as we undertake the move towards a more circular global economy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C500 Microbiology
F100 Chemistry
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
J700 Industrial Biotechnology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2020 14:05
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2020 14:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42174

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