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New Biogas to Biopolymer Production Process Turns Methane Into a Polypropylene Alternative


Mango Materials Inc.  is a start up company which has developed a new biogas to biopolymer production process which turns biogas into a biodegradable polypropylene alternative.

This is stunning news for the anaerobic digestion and biogas community, because it opens up a whole new prospect of uses for biogas, making the argument for all governments to encourage the installation of anaerobic digestion (biogas) plants wherever there are waste organic materials which can be made available for processing. We make this assertion in the context that a consensus of nations globally has now agreed that, if possible, all nations should seek to reduce global warming carbon dioxide emissions more rapidly than existing agreed international climate change mitigation targets.

The following video which we have produced, explains the work which has been done by this innovative company (Mango Materials Inc. ) so far, and their aims for the near future. After watching this video we hope that you will return to this page and scroll down for more information about this brand new US biogas methane biopolymer technology:

What the Internet is Saying About New Biogas Biopolymer Production Process

From Methane to Bioplastics: The Mango Materials Story

Image of Dr Molly Morse originator of biogas biopolymer.Dr. Molly Morse is an innovator, inventor and entrepreneur who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the CEO and co-founder of Mango Materials, a startup company that uses methane-fed bacteria to produce an affordable biodegradable biogas biopolymer. She launched the company based off of intellectual property from her Ph.D. research and currently works with long-time and new colleagues in the quest to locally manufacture environmentally friendly plastics.

With methane as their feedstock, they hope to drop the price of biopolymers (also known as biogas biopolymer) at commercial scale – to be competitive with traditional plastics – while reducing methane emissions in both urban and rural locations, and turning carbon into a high-value material.

The company has been selected for a Phase II STTR award from NASA to explore the production of biogas biopolymer in a microgravity environment. This could enable the production of biopolymer on Earth and also non-Earth environments, thus creating a closed-loop system for producing biogas biopolymer products on-demand in outer space. via SynBioBeta

“There is a vibrant ecosystem of small innovators in the green chemistry space,” said Joel Tickner, director of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council, a network of chemical makers, manufacturers, retailers and businesses that aim to make green mainstream. “As these companies grow, innovation will take root, and that might crowd out the chemicals people are concerned about.”

Mango Materials, founded by Stanford University researchers, is transforming waste biogas (also known as methane) from a wastewater treatment plant into “biopolymers” (specifically biogas biopolymer which is a polypropylene alternative). The startup is initially targeting microbeads — the ubiquitous spheres in cosmetic products — and other plastic products where biodegradability is a key concern.

Image: Molly Morse image via Flickr Postcode Lottery Green Challenge CC BY 2.0

Plastic: Toxics Are Turned Into Safer Alternatives In New Green Discovery

Mango Materials, founded by Stanford University researchers, is transforming waste biogas (also known as methane) from a wastewater treatment plant into “biopolymers.” The startup is initially targeting microbeads — the ubiquitous spheres in cosmetic … via BPA Free Plastic:

NASA puts $14M in funding towards research projects

Image shows NASA image for this biogas biopolymer page.NASA has announced the latest beneficiaries of its Small Business Technology Transfer program, which solicits and funds small-scale research projects outside the agency but relevant to its interests. Nineteen projects in a variety of fields are being awarded a total of $14.3 million.

Those 19 were selected from an initial pool of 56 announced last year; those “Phase I” companies and institutions were awarded up to $125,000 to pursue their proposals, and would have reported on their progress to NASA later. The surviving 19 “Phase II” projects presumably showed enough promise that they’ll get up to $750,000 to keep going.

For example …Mango Materials is making a space-compatible bioreactor for producing methane-based biogas biopolymers. Basically they’re working on a way to feed bacteria methane and make usable plastic come out the other end, within the limitations of microgravity and so on.

This project and the other 14 will prove themselves (or not) over the next two years, after which they will encounter (predictably) the Post Phase II Initiatives and Opportunities. via NASA research projects

Image: NASA


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