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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A new report claims that scientists evidently discovered a method of using atmospheric carbon dioxide to create ethanol.
Popular Mechanics reported that scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee were working on finding out whether chemical reactions could make the conversion.
What they found, in true beginners’ luck style, was that the first step in their research actually did the trick.
Popular Mechanics explained: “The tech involves a new combination of copper and carbon arranged into nanospikes on a silicon surface. The nanotechnology allows the reactions to be very precise, with very few contaminants.”
The process also reportedly works at room temperature, which would save a lot on energy costs.
The news comes as scientists report the world has reached the highest levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide in 4 million years.
Rondinone and his colleagues had put together a catalyst using carbon, copper, and nitrogen, by embedding copper nanoparticles into nitrogen-laced carbon spikes measuring just 50-80 nanometres tall. (1 nanometre = one-millionth of a millimetre.)
When they applied an electric current of just 1.2 volts, the catalyst converted a solution of CO2 dissolved in water into ethanol, with a yield of 63 percent.
originally posted by: network dude
originally posted by: Subsonic
If they are indeed suggesting that we have essentially found a solution to reverse anthropogenic climate change, and get useable energy in the process, then this is a HUGE story.