Turning CO2 into fuel
America produces 50% of its electricity from coal fired plants, like china does. The idea is to capture the C02 and break it down or convert it with solar light into fuel or biofuel
"The beauty of this system is the whole infrastructure to distribute, to market and to use it is already in place," he said.
The recycling process has five main stages. After rudimentary purification and regeneration of the biocatalysts, the CO2 is transferred to a Biocatalytic Reactor Matrix where mass quantities of biocatalysts function in a matrix of liquid reaction chambers breaking down CO2 and turning it into hydrocarbons.
Liquids are then filtered and gases are extracted through condensers ready for conversion to higher grade fuel.
Carbon Sciences are just one of many companies all over the world who are beavering away trying to find effective methods of renewing CO2. The science is well known, but practical energy effective devices are in short supply.
Solar energy can turn CO2 from coal fired plants into fuel
Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico are exploring the idea of using concentrated solar energy to turn CO2 into fuel. The Sunshine to Petrol project is testing a prototype device called the Counter Rotating Ring Receiver Reactor Recuperator (called CR5 for short) which turns CO2 into carbon monoxide which could then form part of a liquid fuel.