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Using cathodes made from the element palladium and a catalyst known as pyridinium —a garden variety organic chemical that is a by-product of oil refining—he discovered that applying an electric current would assemble methanol from the CO2.
He published his findings in —and no one cared. But byChao's successor in the Princeton lab of chemist Andrew Bocarsly was deeply interested in finding a solution to the growing problem of the CO2 pollution causing global climate change.
Graduate student Emily Barton picked up where he left off and, using an electrochemical cell that employs a semiconducting material used in photovoltaic solar cells for one of its electrodes, succeeded in tapping sunlight to transform CO2 into the basic fuel.
But if you could efficiently convert it into something that we wouldn't have to spend all that money and energy to put into the ground, sort of recycle it, that would be better," Bocarsly says.
We had some luck. Turning CO2 into fuels is exactly what photosynthetic organisms have been doing for billions of years, although their fuels tend to be foods, like sugars. Now humans are trying to store the energy in sunlight by making a liquid fuel from CO2 and hydrogen—a prospect that could recycle CO2 emissions and slow down the rapid buildup of such greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Adds chemist Michael Berman of the U. Air Force Office of Scientific Research, which is funding research into the possibilities of solar fuelsincluding Bocarsly's work: Since the sun provides enough energy for our needs, our goal is to make a fuel using CO2 and sunlight—and maybe water—as feedstocks to produce the chemical fuel that can store the sun's energy in a form that we can use where and when we need.
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In fact, the problem with turning CO2 back into a hydrocarbon fuel is not so much in transformation—there are at least three potential approaches to do so with sunlight, along with a process that employs high pressures and temperatures, so-called Fischer-Tropschwhich is currently used—but rather the tremendous expense involved.
It's going to cost you some energy," Bocarsly says. Giant dish mirrors in the New Mexico desert erected by scientists at Sandia National Laboratories capture some of that energy and have been used to concentrate it on a cylindrical machine that looks like a beer keg—a would-be solar-fuel generator.
Nestled inside that machine are a series of rotating, concentric rings. Turning at roughly one rotation per minute, the CR5—for counter rotating ring receiver reactor recuperator—moves these rings studded with teeth containing iron oxide also known as ferrite, or rust or cerium oxide ceria into and out of the sunlight.
The sun heats the teeth as high as 1, degrees Celsius—driving oxygen out of the rust—before they rotate back into the darkness and cool off to roughly degrees C. In the darkness, steam or CO2 is injected and the greedy ferrite sucks the oxygen out of those molecules—leaving carbon monoxide CO or hydrogen H2 behind—before rotating back into the sun.
The resulting CO—H2 mixture is so-called synthesis gas, or syngas—the basic molecular building block of fossil fuels, chemicals, even plastics. The CR5 "is a chemical heat engine," says chemical physicist Ellen Stechel, program manager of Sandia's Sunshine to Petrol project that basically seeks to reverse fossil-fuel combustion.
But it has never reached the steady state necessary to efficiently throw off syngas. The problem is the thousands of ceramic tiles that form the reactive teeth on the edge of the rotating rings, some of which break as the process heats up.
Simply put, all those specialty mirrors to concentrate the sunlight and metal structures to hold those mirrors in place are expensive.
It would also require Even capturing and concentrating the emissions from the nation's fleet of fossil fuel—fired power plants—which would add even more to the expense of the process—would not be enough. Plants pull CO2 out of the air and, thanks to the ongoing burning of the results of millions of years of photosynthesis otherwise known as fossil fuelsatmospheric concentrations continue to rise.
Unfortunately, plants are woefully inefficient at turning sunlight into food—averaging at best 1 percent of the incoming sunlight stored as chemical energy, thanks to competing concerns like survival—one main reason that the U. Department of Energy DoE estimates that at best, 15 percent of the nation's energy needs could come from biofuels pdf.
Chemist Nathan Lewis of the California Institute of Technology would like to improve on that by mimicking the processes of photosynthesis—light absorbers, molecule-makers and membranes to separate various products, among other things—artificially. The goal over the next five years of the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesisa project that Lewis directs, will be to simply prove that it can be done.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology chemist Dan Nocera is working with novel catalysts to improve water-splitting —the vital step for deriving the hydrogen that is then paired with CO2 to make hydrocarbons. NASA has funded scientists to research turning CO2 to fuels in order to make it possible for Mars explorers to manufacture rocket fuel from the Martian atmosphere for their return trip to Earth.
And Mantra Energy has paired with utility KOSPO to employ its electrochemical cell technology to convert CO2 to formic acid—an essential building block for many chemicals or fuels— at one of the company's coal-fired power plants in South Korea.
Whereas vast reserves of such fossil sunshine remains—think of the tar sands in Canada or coal beds in Siberia—the cost of utilizing them is an entirely altered climate from the one that has allowed human civilization to flourish.
Plus, "this is a finite resource," Toone notes. Liquid Light would like to push back that deadline by allowing CO2 molecules to be recycled via a version of the electrochemical cell from Bocarsly's Princeton lab.I don't know about ya'll, but I have been watching CO2 Super Critical Fluid (SFE) with interest and have wanted to sample some cannabis essential oils extracted by that method, but the cost of conventional SFE equipment, is outside the range of most of our finances.
Experiment How much CO2? Introduction The goal of this lab was to determine the amount of grams of sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) required to produce enough CO2 gas to completely fill the lab and also how many Alka-Seltzer tablets that would equate to. 3 Fomichev, ; Fomichev et al., ) Thus, understanding and quantifying the CO 2 absorption of NIR is an important endeavor at this point in time.
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