DailyDirt: Storing Energy In Organic Molecules

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Petroleum products are a pretty convenient way to store energy. It’s just unfortunate that burning the stuff releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Biofuels could be a solution, but relying on natural biological processes can be difficult to scale up — especially if we expect biofuels to try to match up with the current energy demands. Researchers are working on ways to modify biology or circumvent it with chemical engineering to make some carbon neutral hydrocarbon fuels in large quantities. Here are a few possible examples.

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jim says:


Some problems, CO2 is a good gas, plants use it to produce foodstuffs for animals. I like to eat animals, therefore good gas. Second problem, is if cardox is bad, why try to produce more synthetically, making it more expensive to obtain. Now I would agree to more efficient systems, less wasted heat for the amount of gas consumed. Redesigned systems to capture the waste heats and produce something usehul from that.

John Fenderson (profile) says:

Re: Eh?

“CO2 is a good gas, plants use it to produce foodstuffs for animals. I like to eat animals, therefore good gas.”

This is much too simplistic. CO2 is a gas that has both good and bad effects. As with most chemicals, whether it’s good or bad depends on a combination of things — mostly where it is and how much of it is there.

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