Biomethane: The energy storage, platform chemical and greenhouse gas mitigation target

Zoltán Bagi, Norbert Ács, Tamás Böjti, Balázs Kakuk, Gábor Rákhely, Orsolya Strang, Márk Szuhaj, Roland Wirth, Kornél L. Kovács

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Results in three areas of anaerobic microbiology in which methane formation and utilization plays central part are reviewed. a.) Bio-methane formation by reduction of carbon dioxide in the power-to-gas process and the various possibilities of improvement of the process is a very intensively studied topic recently. From the numerous potential methods of exploiting methane of biological origin two aspects are discussed in detail. b.) Methane can serve as a platform chemical in various chemical and biochemical synthetic processes. Particular emphasis is put on the biochemical conversion pathways involving methanotrophs and their methane monooxygenase-catalyzed reactions leading to various small molecules and polymeric materials such as extracellular polysaccharides, polyhydroxyalkanoates and proteins. c.) The third area covered concerns methane-consuming reactions and methane emission mitigation. These investigations comprise the anaerobic microbiology of ruminants and approaches to diminishing methane emissions from ruminant animals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-22
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


  • Biomethane
  • Hydrogen
  • Hydrogenotrophic methanogens
  • Methane mitigation
  • Methanotroph
  • Power-to-gas
  • Rumen microbiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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