GWU team demonstrates highly scalable, low-cost process for making carbon nanotube wools directly from CO2

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Researchers at George Washington University led by Dr. Stuart Licht have demonstrated the first facile high-yield, low-energy synthesis of macroscopic length carbon nanotubes (CNTs)—carbon nanotube wool—from CO 2 using molten carbonate electrolysis ( earlier post ).

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GWU research team C2CNT advances to the final round of the Carbon XPRIZE; CO2 to carbon nanotubes

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Stuart Licht, a chemistry professor at the George Washington University, and his team of researchers are among the finalists announced today in the $20-million Carbon XPRIZE competition. The carbon dioxide is bubbled into, and dissolved in, a molten carbonate bath.

2018 78

ReactWell licenses ORNL catalyst for direct conversion of CO2 to ethanol

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ReactWell will bring ORNL’s electrochemical process, which converts carbon dioxide directly into ethanol ( earlier post ), into the company’s existing conversion solution known as the ReactWell process. —ORNL’s Adam Rondinone, co-inventor of the carbon dioxide-to-ethanol catalyst.

2019 127

NSF awards Saratoga Energy grant to advance production of carbon nanotubes from CO2 for batteries closer to market

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Saratoga Energy has won a National Science Foundation grant to scale up its breakthrough process for generating low-cost, top quality carbon nanotubes from carbon dioxide for use in making high-performance Li-ion batteries, such as those used in electric vehicles, grid storage, and military and aerospace applications. Manufacturers use carbon nanotubes as a conductive additive along with anode and cathode materials as part of the battery-making process.

2018 70

Carbon-Negative Replacement For Cement Traps CO2 During Manufacturing

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You may be aware of your car''s carbon footprint, but what about the emissions related to the concrete structures it drives over? The Portland cement that acts as the glue in concrete is actually a major source of carbon emissions, due to the intense heat required to manufacture it.

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Researchers find product-specific active sites on copper catalysts for CO2 reduction

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Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) have shown that recycling carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals and fuels can be economical and efficient using a single copper catalyst.

2018 127

Light-powered nano-bio hybrid organisms consume CO2, create plastics and fuels

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University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to produce a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals.

2019 134

Researchers show mixotrophic fermentation process improves carbon conversion, boosting yields and reducing CO2

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Alternatively, syngas can be added to sugar fermentation to provide the necessary reducing power and carbon. … They can take carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas and turn them into chemicals such as acetone, butanol or ethanol.

2016 108

Maersk sets net zero CO2 emission target by 2050

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Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, has set a goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. To achieve this goal, carbon neutral vessels must be commercially viable by 2030, and an acceleration in new innovations and adaption of new technology is required.

2018 123

DOE awarding ~$44M to seven carbon capture projects

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy has selected seven projects to receive approximately $44 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development through the funding opportunity announcement, Design and Testing of Advanced Carbon Capture Technologies. The projects will target one of two areas: 1) engineering-scale testing of transformational solvent- or membrane-based carbon dioxide (CO?)

2018 84

GWU team uses one-pot process to co-generate H2 and solid carbon from water and CO2; solar fuels

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One-pot electrolytic process produces H 2 and solid carbon from water and CO 2. In this study, they focused on the electrolysis component for STEP fuel, producing hydrogen and graphitic carbon from water and carbon dioxide.

2014 106

27 teams advancing in $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE; converting CO2 to products

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XPRIZE announced the 27 teams representing six countries advancing in the $20-million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to develop technologies that convert the most carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas and power plant facilities into products with the highest net value. Led by Thomas Digby, the team is producing carbon negative biofuel. Pond Technology’s Carbon Cyclers (Canada). Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels

2016 68

Stanford team develops efficient electrochemical cells for CO2 conversion

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Scientists at Stanford University have developed electrochemical cells that convert carbon monoxide (CO) derived from CO 2 into commercially viable compounds more effectively and efficiently than existing technologies. 2018) “Carbon Monoxide Gas Diffusion Electrolysis that Produces Concentrated C 2 Products with High Single-Pass Conversion” Joule doi: 10.1016/j.joule.2018.10.007. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC

2018 78

GWU team develops low-cost, high-yield one-pot synthesis of carbon nanofibers from atmospheric CO2

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A team led by Dr. Stuart Licht at The George Washington University in Washington, DC has developed a low-cost, high-yield and scalable process for the electrolytic conversion of atmospheric CO 2 dissolved in molten carbonates into carbon nanofibers (CNFs.) The “production of CNFs by electrolysis in molten lithium carbonate is impossible” according to a prior report in the literature. The carbon nanofibers build up on the steel electrode, where they can be removed, Licht says.

2015 77

Geely invests in Carbon Recycling Intl.; vehicles fueled by methanol from CO2, water and renewable energy

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million in Carbon Recycling International (CRI). Geely’s CRI investment and work with renewable methanol is similar to the approach Audi is taking with its own e-fuels projects—producing very low carbon liquid or gaseous fuels using only renewable energy, water and CO 2. Renewable methanol is also a low-carbon feedstock for production of synthetic materials. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) China Climate Change Fuels Methanol

2015 84

DGIST-led team improves efficiency of photocatalyst for conversion of atmospheric CO2 to hydrocarbon fuels

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Scientists are investigating their use to trap carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as one of many means to alleviate global warming. Some photocatalysts are being tested for their ability to recycle carbon dioxide into hydrocarbon fuels such as methane, the main component found in natural gas.

2019 91

EU to slash vehicle carbon emissions one third more from 2021 through 2030

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Europe already has tough standards for reducing carbon-dioxide emissions in current and future vehicles. At its weekly cabinet meeting, held Wednesday, the European Union formally adopted far more stringent requirements for reductions in vehicle emissions of carbon dioxide. Europe emissions EU CO2 carbon dioxide regulationNow they're going to get significantly tougher between 2021 and 2030.

2017 58

Study finds carbon capture & storage could be financial opportunity for conventional ethanol plants

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The analysis combines process engineering, spatial optimization, and lifecycle assessment to consider the technical, economic, and institutional feasibility of near-term carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Ethanol

2018 101

I’ve Done The Math – Now I’m Doing Something About It

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Bill McKibben’s “Do The Math” article in 2012′s Rolling Stone magazine taught us that we cannot burn any more than 565 gigatons of carbon if we want to stay at 2° or lower. But our friends in the oil, coal and gas industry have 5,795 gigatons of carbon on the books.

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Global carbon emissions to rise after staying flat for three years: report

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Here’s some not-good news: After three years of minimal growth, global emissions of carbon dioxide are on the rise. So much so that we’re looking at new record highs, according to the Global Carbon Project. CHECK OUT: Global carbon emissions have been flat for. emissions China global warming India CO2 climate change carbon dioxide science

2017 57

Researchers convert atmospheric CO2 to carbon nanofibers and nanotubes for use as anodes in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries

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Researchers from George Washington University and Vanderbilt University have demonstrated the conversion of atmospheric CO 2 into carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for use as high-performance anodes in both lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. STEP is an efficient solar chemical process, based on a synergy of solar thermal and endothermic electrolyses, designed to convert greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into a useful carbon commodity.

2016 76

EIA: CO2 emissions from US power sector have declined 28% since 2005

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Source: US EIA, US Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions , 2017.

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GTI quantifies opportunity to produce low-carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) from wood wastes

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GTI has released a site-specific engineering design titled “ Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes ”. The RNG product with very low carbon intensity could be used for carbon emission reductions in the transportation, industrial, commercial, and residential energy sectors.

2019 121

CO2 Solutions’ enzymatic carbon capture technology performance exceeds targets in oil sands project

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an innovator in the field of enzyme-enabled carbon capture technology, announced that it has exceeded the second set of technical performance milestones for its oil sands project. Carbonic anhydrase is the most powerful catalyst known for the hydration of CO 2 —i.e.,

Volkswagen to tackle air conditioning emissions with CO2

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When it comes to vehicle emissions, carbon dioxide (CO2) is generally the problem that carmakers are looking to solve: attempting to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted from their exhaust pipes. However, now CO2 could actually be the solution rather than the problem.

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$3M UK project to develop low-carbon aviation fuels from captured CO2 and waste biomass

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Heriot-Watt University in the UK will lead a £2-million (US$3-million) project ( EP/N009924/1 ) to develop low-carbon aviation fuels from captured CO 2 and waste biomass. The project aims to produce low-carbon synthetic aviation jet fuel using renewable energy from waste agricultural and forestry biomass and captured CO 2. The aviation sector is faced with demands from the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) to reduce its carbon emissions by 50% by 2050.

2015 60

New catalyst opens door to CO2 capture in coal-to-liquids process

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Researchers from the National Institute of Clean-and-Low-Carbon Energy in Beijing and Eindhoven University of Technology have developed iron-based catalysts that substantially reduce operating costs and open the door to capturing the large amounts of CO 2 that are generated by CTL. The first stage in CTL is the conversion of coal to syngas—a mixture of carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen (H 2 ). Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Coal Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) Fuels

2018 84

Black carbon is a much larger cause of climate change than previously assessed; about twice previous estimates, and 2/3 the effect of CO2

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Schematic overview of the primary black-carbon emission sources and the processes that control. the distribution of black carbon in the atmosphere and determine its role in the climate system. Black carbon aerosol plays a unique and important role in Earth’s climate system.

Soletair demo plant produces renewable hydrocarbon fuel from CO2 captured from the air

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) are beginning testing of the Soletair demo plant, which uses air-captured carbon dioxide to produce renewable fuels and chemicals. Direct air capture (DAC) is the carbon source of the SOLETAIR project.

2017 110

EIA: US energy-related CO2 emissions down 1.7% in 2016; carbon intensity of economy down 3.1%; transportation emissions up

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decline in energy-related CO2, according to the latest report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). These contributing factors included a decline in the carbon intensity of the energy supply (CO 2 /British thermal units [Btu]) of 1.7% Combining these two factors, the overall carbon intensity of the economy (CO 2 /GDP) declined by 3.1%. Since the late 1990s, the transportation sector has produced the most CO2 emissions.

2017 60

DOE awarding up to $80M for supercritical CO2 pilot plant

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $80 million for a six-year project to design, build, and operate a 10-MWe (megawatts electrical) supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO 2 ) pilot plant test facility in San Antonio, TX.

2016 88

Columbia University engineers make breakthrough in understanding electroreduction of CO2 for conversion to electrofuels

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They applied a comprehensive suite of experimental and theoretical methods to identify the structure of the first intermediate of CO 2 electroreduction: carboxylate CO2 - that is attached to the surface with C and O atoms. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Climate Change Emissions Solar fuelsElectrocatalysis and photocatalysis (artificial photosynthesis) are among the most promising ways to achieve effective storage for renewable energy.

2018 71

BREAKING NEWS: Hermosa Beach To Become Carbon Neutral City! Acting Locally, Thinking Globally

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Ever since the Copenhagen climate treaty talks ended in impotence two months ago there hasn’t been a single ounce of positive news on the international scene about our chances of cutting the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and getting CO2 levels back down to the safe 350 ppm zone. This makes Hermosa Beach the first city in the South Bay of Los Angeles County, and the first city in all of Los Angeles County to declare their intent to become carbon neutral and sustainable.

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Researchers Demonstrate New Solar Carbon Capture Process; STEP Converts CO2 to Solid Carbon or CO for Use in Fuels and Chemicals Synthesis

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Coiled platinum before (left), and after (right), carbon capture @ 750 °C in molten carbonate. Carbon dioxide fed into the electrolysis chamber is converted to solid carbon in a single step. is seen via cyclic voltammetry that a solid carbon peak observed at 750 °.C

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Stanford team devises new bio-inspired strategy for using CO2 to produce multi-carbon compounds such as plastics and fuels

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Researchers at Stanford University have devised a new strategy for using CO 2 in the synthesis of multi-carbon compounds. Although the concept of using CO 2 as a feedstock for renewable multi-carbon compounds and synthetic fuels is attractive, practical implementation has been hampered by the difficulty of forming carboncarbon (C–C) bonds efficiently. The Stanford team solved the problem using a far more benign compound: carbonate.

2016 60

Scientists find affordable way to recapture CO2 and burn it

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Scientists at Harvard have developed a new method of scrubbing carbon from the atmosphere, and turning it into hydrocarbon fuels that could be burned in airplanes or even cars. The process has been demonstrated at a small scale and combines common technologies from the pulp and petroleum industries to capture carbon and hydrogenate it back into. global warming carbon dioxide

S. Korean researchers develop new catalytic pathway for direct conversion of CO2 to liquid hydrocarbon fuels

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The new carbon capture and utilization (CCU) system is enabled by their discovery of a new catalyst that produces liquid hydrocarbon (C 5+ ) selectivity of ∼65% and greatly suppresses CH 4 formation to 2–3%. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Emissions Fuels

2016 113

ITF: measures to decrease road freight CO2 emissions

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Direct supply of electric energy to the vehicle (“electric roads”), hydrogen and possibly electric batteries are currently foreseeable decarbonizing technologies for heavy-duty long-haulage, although this assumes zero-carbon generation of electric power and hydrogen. For many developing countries, improving the quality of diesel fuel and renewing the fleets of old, mostly second-hand trucks to reduce “black carbon” emissions are among the immediate tasks.

2018 86

GWU team demonstrates one-pot process for optimized synthesis of controlled CNTs from CO2; coupling cement and C2CNT

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Researchers at George Washington University led by Dr. Stuart Licht ( earlier post ) have developed a new process that transforms CO 2 into a controlled selection of nanotubes (CNTs) via molten electrolysis; they call the process C2CNT (CO2 into carbon nanotubes).

2017 95

ORNL team devises electrocatalyst for direct conversion of CO2 into ethanol with high selectivity; pushing the combustion reaction in reverse

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The team used a catalyst made of carbon, copper and nitrogen and applied voltage to trigger a chemical reaction that essentially reverses the combustion process. Ethanol was a surprise—it’s extremely difficult to go straight from carbon dioxide to ethanol with a single catalyst.

2016 121

Climeworks launches world’s first commercial plant to capture CO2 from air; potential for CO2-neutral fuels

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The Swiss direct air capture company—which has also partnered with Audi in that company’s e-fuels initiative ( earlier post )—launched the commercial-scale Direct Air Capture (DAC) plant, featuring its patented technology that filters carbon dioxide from ambient air.

2017 95

Researchers find bio-inspired high-tech surfaces on hulls could greatly reduce drag and CO2 emissions of ships; up to 1% of global CO2

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Together, they burn an estimated 250 million tonnes per year and emit around one billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the air—about the same amount as the whole of Germany emits over the same period.

2019 106

U of I study: synthetic fuels via CO2 conversion and FT not currently economically & environmentally competitive

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The WTG CO 2 emissions vary from 180% (nearly twice) to a reduction of 75% compared to that of the business as usual scenario without carbon sequestration. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Diesel Emissions Fuels

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