19 May '11, 12pm

Using CO2 to Make Fuel: A Long Shot for Green Energy

Using CO2 to Make Fuel: A Long Shot for Green Energy

Using CO2 to Make Fuel: A Long Shot for Green Energy What if the ever-increasing amounts of carbon dioxide that are heating up the atmosphere could be used to produce an abundant supply of liquid fuels? The U.S. government and private labs are pursuing that Holy Grail of renewable energy — but for now the cost of large-scale production is prohibitive. by david biello A novel experiment is taking place in the Princeton University lab of chemist Andrew Bocarsly . Like a battery, the experimental device has two poles of charged materials resting in a bath of chemical-laced water. A small tube bubbles carbon dioxide into the device, called a cell. The CO2 interacts with the charged metal coating one of the poles and, with the help of a special catalyst, begins to form bigger molecules that combine carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. These bigger molecules have a more common na...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/using_co2_to_make_fuel_a_lon...

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