Molten carbonate electrolysis can produce a range of carbon nanomaterials, including graphene, from CO2 at high yield

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Researchers from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and George Washington University in the US report in a new paper in the ACS journal Accounts of Chemical Research that a range of important carbon nanomaterials can be produced at high yield by molten carbonate electrolysis.

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BMW i Ventures invests in Prometheus Fuels; CO2 air-capture and conversion to carbon-neutral gasoline

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BMW i Ventures has invested in Prometheus Fuels ( earlier post ), a company removing CO 2 from the air and turning it into zero-net carbon gasoline that it will sell at gas stations, at a price that competes with fossil fuels, starting as early as this year. By creating carbon-neutral gasoline from CO 2 captured from the air, Prometheus Fuels allows the climate impact of today’s internal combustion engines to be massively reduced immediately.

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Researchers develop wave-energy-driven CO2 reduction system for production of carbon-based liquid fuels

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Hassan, Tao Jiang, Khaled Nabil Salama, Zhonglin Wang and Jr-Hau He (2019) “Blue Energy Fuels: Converting Ocean Wave Energy to Carbon-Based Liquid Fuels via CO 2 Reduction” Energy & Environmental Science doi: 10.1039/C9EE03566D.

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Novel membrane-free Mg-CO2 battery sequesters CO2 and generates electricity

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Researchers demonstrate efficient electrochemical reduction of CO2 to C2+ alcohols

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Electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) is a promising approach to solve both renewable energy storage and carbon-neutral energy cycle. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Ethanol Fuels

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UCLA team proposes non-photosynthetic biological conversion of CO2

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If these are achieved, carbon yield and productivity can be greatly accelerated (e.g., Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Market Background

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Oxford team directly converts CO2 to jet fuel using iron-based catalysts

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The catalyst shows a carbon dioxide conversion through hydrogenation to hydrocarbons in the aviation jet fuel range of 38.2%, with a yield of 17.2%, and a selectivity of 47.8%, and with an attendant low carbon monoxide (5.6%) and methane selectivity (10.4%).

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Licht Group reports high-yield, low-energy synthesis of carbon nano-onions from CO2

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Stuart Licht ( earlier post ) report a process for the high-yield, low-energy synthesis of carbon nano-onions (CNOs) by electrolysis of CO 2 in molten carbonate. High yield electrolytic synthesis of carbon nano-onions from CO 2 , either directly from the air or from smoke stack CO 2 , in molten carbonate. Carbon nano-onions have a range of remarkable applications, but these applications have been largely ignored due to their high synthesis cost.

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ExxonMobil, UC Berkeley, Berkeley Lab develop new MOF for carbon capture and steam regeneration

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Scientists from ExxonMobil, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new material that could capture more than 90% of CO 2 emitted from industrial sources using low-temperature steam, requiring less energy for the overall carbon capture process.

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Successful completion of Illinois Basin - Decatur CCS project; CO2 from ethanol plant

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ADM and the University of Illinois announced the successful completion of the Illinois Basin - Decatur Project (IBDP), a carbon capture and storage (CCS) project designed to evaluate and test the technology at commercial scale. million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

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 ). Whereas our previous molten carbonate synthesized CNTs have nanometer-sized diameter and lengths, this CNT wool reaches diameters over 1 mm and length over 1 mm.

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Yadea Helps Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 30 Million Tons

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Ltd. (“Yadea”, 01585.HK), a leading electric two-wheel vehicle brand, has revealed that the cumulative sales from its electric motorcycles, electric mopeds, electric bikes and electric kick scooters have helped cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32.4

Researchers develop titanium and copper heterostructured photocatalyst for conversion of CO2 into CH4

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Their cost-effective synthesis procedure, coupled with the high stability of the photocatalyst, provides an economically feasible way to convert waste carbon dioxide and water into useful hydrocarbon fuels using sunlight. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels

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Stable boron-copper catalyst for CO2 conversion; stabilization with zinc

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A new boron-copper catalyst for the conversion of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) into chemicals or fuels has been developed by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen. CO 2 can be converted into larger carbon compounds that can be used as base chemicals for industry or as fuels. The researchers tested different copper-boron ratios and determined the optimal composition to favor the formation of compounds with more than two carbon atoms.

New highly efficient catalyst for photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction toward methane

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The researchers think that it could be recycling smokestack carbon dioxide into clean-burning fuel within 5-10 years. Turning carbon dioxide into methane is a very difficult process. Likewise, H 2 O must be broken down to attach the hydrogen to the carbon.

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First snapshots of CO2 molecules trapped in MOFs shed new light on carbon capture

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Scientists from the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have taken the first images of carbon dioxide molecules within a molecular cage—part of a metal-organic framework (MOF), with great potential for separating and storing gases and liquids. The image at right shows carbon dioxide molecules trapped in one of the cages—the first time this has ever been observed. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Emissions Science

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Audi partnering with Climeworks on CO2 direct air capture and storage

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The facility will filter 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air and mineralize it underground. With direct air capture technology, carbon dioxide is extracted from the ambient air and air free of CO 2 is returned to the atmosphere.

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Osaka researchers find formate dehydrogenase reduces CO2 directly to formic acid

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student of the Graduate School of Science, have shown that the catalyst formate dehydrogenase reduces carbon dioxide directly to formic acid. The research group dissolved FDH in a liquid solution and carbon dioxide was then blown into the solution for the reaction event.

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New process uses localized surface plasmons for room-temperature conversion of CO2 to CO

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Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and their colleagues have demonstrated a room-temperature method that could significantly reduce carbon dioxide levels in fossil-fuel power plant exhaust, one of the main sources of carbon emissions in the atmosphere.

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Nauticol Energy & Enhance Energy plan to capture up to 1M tonnes of CO2 annually from blue methanol production and distribution

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Utilizing Western Canadian natural gas, combined with carbon capture and sequestration, the project will produce 3 million tonnes annually of net-zero, Blue Methanol. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Fuels Methanol Ports and Marine

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EU GRAMOFON project ends after 42 months with promising results on CO2 capture

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Their use as catalysts in the synthesis of high value-added chemical products such as fuels, alcohols, carbonates and polyurethanes will make it possible to reduce the amount of CO 2 currently generated. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Market Background Materials

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T&E: Rising use of private jets sends CO2 emissions soaring

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finds that private jets are 10 times more carbon-intensive than airliners on average, and 50 times more polluting than trains in terms of CO 2 emitted per passenger-km.

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DOE announces $8M for projects to develop algae-based CO2 utilization

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) plans to make $8 million in Federal funding available for cost-shared research, development, and testing of technologies that can utilize carbon dioxide from power systems or other industrial sources for bio-mediated uptake by algal systems to create valuable products and services. Algae Algal Fuels Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS

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Brown team develops new catalyst for highly efficient conversion of CO2 into C2+ products

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By converting CO 2 into products of higher value, a closed-loop carbon economy begins to emerge. There have been great strides in recent years in developing copper catalysts that could make single-carbon molecules, Palmore says. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Fuels

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Study: Synthetic fuels cost more money and cause more CO2 emissions vs. batteries

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As buzz around synthetic fuels builds, the Europe-focused environmental group Transport & Environment (T&E) cautions that vehicles burning these supposedly greener fuels may cause more carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions than battery-powered vehicles, and cost more as well.

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ExxonMobil expands agreement with Global Thermostat; sees promise in CO2 direct air capture technology

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ExxonMobil and Global Thermostat (GT) have expanded their joint development agreement following 12 months of technical evaluation to determine the feasibility and potential scalability of Global Thermostat’s technology that captures carbon dioxide directly from the air. Global Thermostat’s CO2 capture uses proprietary amine-based adsorbents to remove CO 2 from the air. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Market Background

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DOE announces $110M for carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects

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A recent study by Science of the Total Environment found that DOE is the most productive organization in the world in the carbon capture and storage field. Under the first FOA award, Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) Studies for Carbon Capture Systems on Coal and Natural Gas Power Plants, DOE has selected nine projects to receive $55.4 The selected projects will support FEED studies for commercial-scale carbon capture systems.

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Earth-abundant electrocatalysts for the reduction of CO2 to CO

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The development of the electrochemical CO 2 reduction reaction (CO 2 RR) would help to create a closed carbon cycle around the burning of fossil fuels and potentially mitigate environmental problems resulting from the release of CO 2 to the atmosphere. The name MAX is derived from the composition of the material where “M” denotes an early transition metal, “A” an A-group metal such as aluminium or gallium and “X” denotes carbon and/or nitrogen.

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Elon Musk offers advice to $100M XPRIZE Carbon Removal competitors


XPRIZE officially launched the $100 Million XPRIZE Carbon Removal competition. In February, the Tesla CEO announced he was teaming up with XPRIZE to manage the $100 million carbon capture prize he was donating to encourage innovators to develop CO2 removal solutions.

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Santos reports successful CO2 capture and storage injection trial in Moomba CCS project

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Australia-based natural gas company Santos has successfully injected approximately 100 tonnes of carbon dioxide deep underground into depleted gas reservoirs as part of the final field trial for the Moomba Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Project.

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Shchekinoazot and Haldor Topsoe to cooperate on blue and green methanol, ammonia, and hydrogen and CO2 reduction

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DOE awards $35M to 15 projects in ARPA-E ECOSynBio program to reduce carbon footprint of biofuel production

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $35 million to 15 research projects through ARPA-E’s “Energy and Carbon Optimized Synthesis for the Bioeconomy” (ECOSynBio) program to decarbonize biorefining processes used across the energy, transportation, and agriculture sectors. These fermentation processes create carbon as a byproduct, with some processes wasting more than 1/3 of this carbon as CO 2 emissions. Carbon-Negative Chemical Production Platform - $4,160,262.57.

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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.

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RPI researchers to develop novel porous material for air capture of CO2

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Yu and his team will take a unique approach that involves loading amine molecules into a porous material, such as carbon or silica, through which CO 2 can pass and get trapped. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, Yu believes this technology has the potential to generate clean energy in remote places or after natural disasters. This work furthers Yu’s research aimed at making carbon capture technologies that are more efficient and cost-effective.

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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 team’s technological process C2CNT—Carbon dioxide to Carbon NanoTubes ( earlier post )—is one of ten finalists advancing to the final round in the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. The carbon dioxide is bubbled into, and dissolved in, a molten carbonate bath.

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Audi of America launches Internal Carbon Price program to support goal of lowering CO2 footprint 30% by 2025

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Audi of America is among the first in the automotive industry to implement an internal carbon price program as a key initiative in the brand’s pursuit of lower CO 2 emissions. This is part of the global commitment Audi has made to lower its carbon footprint by 30% by 2025, and is part of the larger Audi AG Mission:Zero imperative to reach net-zero carbon by 2050.

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Evonik and Siemens Energy commission pilot plant for conversion of CO2 to chemicals

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Evonik and Siemens Energy commissioned a pilot plant—sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)—that uses carbon dioxide and water to produce chemicals. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Market Background

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Snam and Saipem sign MoU to work together on green hydrogen development and CO2 capture

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Italy-based Snam, a leading energy infrastructure operator, and Saipem, an Italian multinational oilfield services company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to start working together to define and to develop initiatives for green hydrogen production and transport, and for carbon dioxide capture, transport and reuse or storage (CCS and CCU). Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Market Background Oil Power-to-Gas

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EPFL team develops on-board system to capture CO2 from trucks; reducing emissions by 90%

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The advantage of this system is that, unlike electric or hydrogen-based ones, it can be retrofitted to existing trucks in order to neutralize their impact in terms of carbon emissions. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Diesel Emissions Fuels

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Lufthansa, ETH Zürich, Climeworks & Synhelion to cooperate on Sustainable Aviation Fuels; CO2 capture & solar thermochemical conversion

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Climeworks, a company founded at ETH Zurich in 2009, is pursuing CO 2 air separation to provide the carbon required for fuel synthesis in a sustainable manner. The CO 2 collectors selectively capture carbon dioxide in a two-step process.

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PSI and Empa launch $6.9M SynFuels project to produce kerosene from CO2 and hydrogen

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Over the next three years, the two Swiss research institutes will jointly search for practical ways of linking carbon dioxide and hydrogen to form longer-chain molecules and thus produce synthetic fuels. Carbon dioxide and green hydrogen are the starting materials for the manufacturing process to be developed. The carbon dioxide comes from various sources, such as from biomass, directly from ambient air, or from industrial manufacturing processes such as cement production.

NSF awards $2M to Rice U collaboration to explore direct conversion of CO2 into fuels

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Rice University engineer Haotian Wang has been awarded a four-year, $2-million collaborative grant by the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore how waste carbon dioxide can be converted directly into pure liquid fuels using CO 2 capture, polymer engineering, DFT simulation and solid electrolyte reactor technologies. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Market Background

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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. Carbon Footprint road emissions Infrastructure Carbon materials Arizona

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