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Grant for University of Michigan Bio-Conversion Project

In September the University of Michigan was awarded a $3 million grant to work on the anaerobic bioconversion of methane to methanol. Rather than achieving methane activation through the addition of energy and oxygen, the U of M goal is to engineer a methane-activation pathway inside a methane generating microorganism. If successful, the biocatalyst will convert natural gas to a liquid fuel more efficiently and more cost effectively than current methods. The grant was awarded under the Federal Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) air emissions reduction program.

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Bruce Goodman, Environmental lawyer, Varnum
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Bruce practices energy law, environmental law, and construction law. His energy background includes negotiating electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy) state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. For years, he published a blog focused on alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently he has been involved in various alternative energy projects, including wind energy, biofuels and solar projects.

His environmental experience includes air...

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