Gasoline from carbon dioxide is not science fiction
Posted by keelynet on July 19, 2009
This needs to be pushed bigtime.
“Rom: How do [you], the [dept. head] and your team from the Department of Environmental Chemistry, produce fuel from carbon dioxide?
Prof. Dobies?aw Nazimek: We used a form of artificial photosynthesis, a chemical reaction during which water and carbon dioxide, in the presence of a catalyst and under the influence of deep ultraviolet, turns into methanol. Also concurrently is the thermal separation and synthesis of MTG (with methanol in petrol). We get synthetic hydrocarbons with practically no difference from the [native] substance, which [can run] cars. This 108-octane fuel is clean and environmentally friendly.
You can do this inexpensively?
In Poland, with [traditional methods] it cost about 40 cents to obtain 1 liter of methanol from methane. Our method allows to obtain the same effect at 9 – 11 cents; so to produce a liter of gasoline goes from forty to just a few cents. It is impossible to estimate how much you will pay for such fuel at the station, but the price should be competitive.
So you know how to produce cheap petrol on a large scale?
Yes. We developed a [repeatable] method by which [a factory can] produce fuel from CO2. Anywhere that carbon dioxide is emitted [in volume], you can build such a facility and sell petrol.
How much will this limit emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere?
Calculations indicate that the technology will help to reduce CO2 emissions in its first year by about 25 percent.” – Source
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