Decarbonization Avenue University research @ CLIMAX

UChicago startup turns renewable energy into natural gas

The power-to-gas technology is thus carbon-neutral in its primary impact on the environment. It has the additional important impact of displacing net carbon emissions from burning of fossil fuels for energy generation with energy derived from renewable wind and solar sources.

The startup uses a selectively evolved, unicellular microorganism that helps convert electricity into methane gas.

That gas can be stored, transported and used wherever natural gas is used, including for the generation of power on demand.


  • Power

Sustainability domain

  • Renewable Energy
  • Waste management

Type of innovation

  • Core sciences & engineering

Stakeholder type

  • University researcher
  • Corporate researcher
  • Startup or entrepreneur


Relevant for

  • Mechanical engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Biochemical engineer
  • Oil & gas engineer
  • Production or process engineer
  • Bioinformatics & genetic sciences professional
  • Biotech professional

Innovation sector

  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental sciences
  • Renewable energy sciences
  • Waste management