Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

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Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol

Post by chucky » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:35 pm

I guess we don't have to worry about AGW anymore.

'Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol'

The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

By Avery Thompson
Oct 17, 2016

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal ChemistrySelect.

The researchers were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into a useful fuel, when they realized the first step in their process managed to do it all by itself. The reaction turns CO2 into ethanol, which could in turn be used to power generators and vehicles.

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.

"By using common materials, but arranging them with nanotechnology, we figured out how to limit the side reactions and end up with the one thing that we want," said Adam Rondinone.


This process has several advantages when compared to other methods of converting CO2 into fuel. The reaction uses common materials like copper and carbon, and it converts the CO2 into ethanol, which is already widely used as a fuel.

Perhaps most importantly, it works at room temperature, which means that it can be started and stopped easily and with little energy cost. This means that this conversion process could be used as temporary energy storage during a lull in renewable energy generation, smoothing out fluctuations in a renewable energy grid.

"A process like this would allow you to consume extra electricity when it's available to make and store as ethanol," said Rondinone. "This could help to balance a grid supplied by intermittent renewable sources."

The researchers plan to further study this process and try and make it more efficient. If they're successful, we just might see large-scale carbon capture using this technique in the near future.
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Post by thelionofthenorth » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:45 pm

That is amazingly good news. Where's the article?
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Post by chucky » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:47 pm

thelionofthenorth wrote:That is amazingly good news. Where's the article?
https://www.ornl.gov/news/nano-spike-ca ... ly-ethanol
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Post by evilconempire » Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:54 pm

"I guess we don't have to worry about AGW anymore. "

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Great find though. Now is it really scalable? I hope so.
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Post by Tejanochimbo » Tue Oct 18, 2016 6:07 pm

chucky wrote:I guess we don't have to worry about AGW anymore.

'Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol'

The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

By Avery Thompson
Oct 17, 2016

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal ChemistrySelect.

The researchers were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into a useful fuel, when they realized the first step in their process managed to do it all by itself. The reaction turns CO2 into ethanol, which could in turn be used to power generators and vehicles.

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.

"By using common materials, but arranging them with nanotechnology, we figured out how to limit the side reactions and end up with the one thing that we want," said Adam Rondinone.


This process has several advantages when compared to other methods of converting CO2 into fuel. The reaction uses common materials like copper and carbon, and it converts the CO2 into ethanol, which is already widely used as a fuel.

Perhaps most importantly, it works at room temperature, which means that it can be started and stopped easily and with little energy cost. This means that this conversion process could be used as temporary energy storage during a lull in renewable energy generation, smoothing out fluctuations in a renewable energy grid.

"A process like this would allow you to consume extra electricity when it's available to make and store as ethanol," said Rondinone. "This could help to balance a grid supplied by intermittent renewable sources."

The researchers plan to further study this process and try and make it more efficient. If they're successful, we just might see large-scale carbon capture using this technique in the near future.
► Well, that's great. Now with his help we can burn carbon twice
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Post by barrysoetoro » Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:05 pm

evilconempire wrote:"I guess we don't have to worry about AGW anymore. "

:guffaw:

Great find though. Now is it really scalable? I hope so.

What caused the ice age, and what caused it to recede? Was it CFC's that cavemen were using to spray Rogaine?
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Post by barrysoetoro » Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:06 pm

Tejanochimbo wrote:
chucky wrote:I guess we don't have to worry about AGW anymore.

'Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol'

The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

By Avery Thompson
Oct 17, 2016

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal ChemistrySelect.

The researchers were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into a useful fuel, when they realized the first step in their process managed to do it all by itself. The reaction turns CO2 into ethanol, which could in turn be used to power generators and vehicles.

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.

"By using common materials, but arranging them with nanotechnology, we figured out how to limit the side reactions and end up with the one thing that we want," said Adam Rondinone.


This process has several advantages when compared to other methods of converting CO2 into fuel. The reaction uses common materials like copper and carbon, and it converts the CO2 into ethanol, which is already widely used as a fuel.

Perhaps most importantly, it works at room temperature, which means that it can be started and stopped easily and with little energy cost. This means that this conversion process could be used as temporary energy storage during a lull in renewable energy generation, smoothing out fluctuations in a renewable energy grid.

"A process like this would allow you to consume extra electricity when it's available to make and store as ethanol," said Rondinone. "This could help to balance a grid supplied by intermittent renewable sources."

The researchers plan to further study this process and try and make it more efficient. If they're successful, we just might see large-scale carbon capture using this technique in the near future.
► Well, that's great. Now with his help we can burn carbon twice

Maybe Bernie Sanders could help out by donating his mansion.
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Post by nolaxride » Tue Oct 18, 2016 7:53 pm

barrysoetoro wrote:
evilconempire wrote:"I guess we don't have to worry about AGW anymore. "

:guffaw:

Great find though. Now is it really scalable? I hope so.

What caused the ice age, and what caused it to recede? Was it CFC's that cavemen were using to spray Rogaine?
Which ice age? And, for the record, CO2 is part of the explanation....

https://news.dartmouth.edu/news/2015/03 ... l-ice-ages

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Post by Tejanochimbo » Tue Oct 18, 2016 8:02 pm

barrysoetoro wrote:
Tejanochimbo wrote:
chucky wrote:I guess we don't have to worry about AGW anymore.

'Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol'

The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.

By Avery Thompson
Oct 17, 2016

Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered a chemical reaction to turn CO2 into ethanol, potentially creating a new technology to help avert climate change. Their findings were published in the journal ChemistrySelect.

The researchers were attempting to find a series of chemical reactions that could turn CO2 into a useful fuel, when they realized the first step in their process managed to do it all by itself. The reaction turns CO2 into ethanol, which could in turn be used to power generators and vehicles.

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.

"By using common materials, but arranging them with nanotechnology, we figured out how to limit the side reactions and end up with the one thing that we want," said Adam Rondinone.


This process has several advantages when compared to other methods of converting CO2 into fuel. The reaction uses common materials like copper and carbon, and it converts the CO2 into ethanol, which is already widely used as a fuel.

Perhaps most importantly, it works at room temperature, which means that it can be started and stopped easily and with little energy cost. This means that this conversion process could be used as temporary energy storage during a lull in renewable energy generation, smoothing out fluctuations in a renewable energy grid.

"A process like this would allow you to consume extra electricity when it's available to make and store as ethanol," said Rondinone. "This could help to balance a grid supplied by intermittent renewable sources."

The researchers plan to further study this process and try and make it more efficient. If they're successful, we just might see large-scale carbon capture using this technique in the near future.
► Well, that's great. Now with his help we can burn carbon twice

Maybe Bernie Sanders could help out by donating his mansion.
► I'll tell him
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Post by barrysoetoro » Wed Oct 19, 2016 1:32 am

nolaxride wrote:
barrysoetoro wrote:
evilconempire wrote:"I guess we don't have to worry about AGW anymore. "

:guffaw:

Great find though. Now is it really scalable? I hope so.

What caused the ice age, and what caused it to recede? Was it CFC's that cavemen were using to spray Rogaine?
Which ice age? And, for the record, CO2 is part of the explanation....

https://news.dartmouth.edu/news/2015/03 ... l-ice-ages

poor bewwie...
Which ice age?!? Oh, so global cooling was a hoax. Which means that climate is constantly changing.

you putz, you just googled that now, then stand behind it and say "read this, look what I found!".

You can't even think for yourself.

Man up, stand in front of your sources, tell us about how you went from global cooling to global warming.
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