DailyDirt: Fuels From Thin Air

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Carbon dioxide has been the focus of a lot of discussions on global climate change and energy policy. Certainly, there are other greenhouse gases, but CO2 is the major by-product of our fossil-fueled economy that people have been massively pumping into the air at an extraordinary rate. Over millennia, biology has already come up with an answer to this problem -- in nature, carbon dioxide is part of a carbon cycle that is recycled and/or sequestered into wood or sugars or other forms of chemical storage. Perhaps some clever chemists/scientists can come up with another kind of photosynthesis to save us from dangerously high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? Check out some of these research projects that could turn CO2 into fuels. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: borane, carbon dioxide, catalysts, chemistry, climate change, energy, fuel, geothermal power, ghg, iceland, ionic liquids, methanol, nanofibers, vulcanol
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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Dec 2013 @ 10:33pm

    "A novel, very efficient, single-step catalytic system to convert CO2 to methanol has been devised, but the problem is that it uses a borane compound that is actually more expensive to make than methanol (so the process isn't very economical). "

    if it is a catalyst it is not consumed in the reaction, therefore would only need to be produced once.

    The issue with any of these schemes in the energy equation, like converting water into hydrogen and oxygen a clean and effective source of energy, but it takes at least the same amount of energy to create H and O as you get back by burning the H and O, usually much more energy.

    Want to extract carbon out of the atmosphere? plant a tree.

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