PNNL team develops new low-cost method to convert captured CO2 to methane

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a new method to convert captured CO 2 into methane, the primary component of natural gas. Though it is a greenhouse gas and requires careful supply chain management, methane has many applications, ranging from household use to industrial processes, said co-author and PNNL chemist Jotheeswari Kothandaraman. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Natural Gas

Audi opens power-to-gas facility in Werlte/Emsland; e-gas from water, green electricity and CO2

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Audi’s e-gas plant. Audi has opened its e-gas plant in Werlte, making it the first automobile manufacturer to develop a chain of sustainable energy carriers. The Audi e-gas plant, which can convert 6MW of input power, utilizes renewable electricity for electrolysis to produce oxygen and hydrogen. Because there is not yet a widespread hydrogen infrastructure, the hydrogen is reacted with CO 2 in a methanation unit to generate renewable synthetic methane, or Audi e-gas.

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Johnson Matthey launches HyCOgen; converting CO2 and green hydrogen into sustainable aviation fuel

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HyCOgen, Johnson Matthey’s Reverse Water Gas Shift technology, is a catalyzed process to convert green hydrogen and CO 2 into carbon monoxide (CO), which is combined with additional hydrogen to form synthesis gas (syngas), a crucial building block in the manufacture of fuels and chemicals. Aviation & Aerospace Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Hydrogen Power-to-Gas Power-to-Liquids

New highly efficient catalyst for photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction toward methane

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Thirty percent of the energy in the US comes from natural gas. The copper and iron hold onto molecules by their carbon and oxygen atoms, buying time for hydrogen to make the leap from the water molecule fragments onto the carbon atom.

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New system for more efficient CO2 electrolysis to hydrocarbon products

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The researchers combined a copper electrocatalyst with an ionomer [polymers that conduct ions and water] assembly that intersperses sulfonate-lined paths for the H 2 O with fluorocarbon channels for the CO 2. 2020) “CO2 electrolysis to multicarbon products at activities greater than 1 A cm -2.”

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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. A team at George Washington University led by Professor Stuart Licht has simultaneously co-generated hydrogen and solid carbon fuels from water and CO 2 using a mixed hydroxide/carbonate electrolyte in a “single-pot” electrolytic synthesis at temperatures below 650 ?C. 2014), “A One-Pot Synthesis of Hydrogen and Carbon Fuels from Water and Carbon Dioxide,” Adv.

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New efficient, low-temperature catalyst for converting water and CO to hydrogen and CO2

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Scientists in the US and China have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide (CO) via the water-gas shift (WGS) reaction. In order to achieve high WGS activity at low temperature, we searched for catalysts that could dissociate water efficiently and reform the generated oxygen-containing species (reaction of surface oxygen or hydroxyl with CO*) at low temperature.

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Audi in new e-fuels project: synthetic diesel from water, air-captured CO2 and green electricity; “Blue Crude”

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Audi is active in the development of CO 2 -neutral, synthetic fuels; the company already has projects underway with Joule in the US for the development and testing of synthetic ethanol and synthetic diesel ( earlier post ); has an e-gas project underway in Werlte, Germany ( earlier post ); and has a new partnership with Global Bioenergies on bio-isooctane (bio-gasoline) ( earlier post ). gas plant in Werlte, Lower Saxony, already produces synthetic methane (Audi e?gas)

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

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Snam and Saipem have already started working together, focusing in particular on developing the technology of water electrolysis, a process that makes it possible to reduce CO 2 emissions to zero in the production of green hydrogen. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Market Background Oil Power-to-Gas

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AirCapture, OCOchem and partners win $2.93M DOE grant for direct air capture of CO2 and conversion to formic acid

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OCOchem transforms recycled CO 2 , water and zero-carbon electricity to produce formic acid, a globally traded commodity chemical and emerging electro-fuel. The goal is to use both companies’ technology to design an integrated carbon capture and conversion plant that uses waste steam from Nutrien’s fertilizer facility to extract CO 2 from the air and then convert it, with water and electricity, to make formic acid.

Audi expanding e-gas capacity through partnership with Viessmann; power-to-gas with biological methanation of CO2 and H2

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Audi is expanding capacities for the production of sustainably produced e-gas. Audi e-gas is currently produced using two process steps: electrolysis and methanation. In the first step, renewably generated electricity is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. In the Audi e-gas plant in Werlte in the German state of Lower Saxony, this is done using a chemical-catalytic process under high pressure and high temperature. Fuels Natural Gas Power-to-Gas

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

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The CO 2 hydrogenation to jet fuel range hydrocarbons process through a Tandem Mechanism in which the Reverse-Water Gas Shift reaction (RWGS) and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) reaction are catalyzed by Fe 3 O 4 and ?-Fe

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

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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. Its first commercial-scale production plant obtains carbon dioxide from gas emissions from a geothermal power plant and hydrogen via electrolysis of water using renewable sources of energy from the Icelandic power grid (from hydro, geothermal and wind sources).

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MIT researchers propose mechanism for overcoming bottleneck in electroreduction of CO2

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This article proposes a model that accounts for the modes in which aqueous gas depletion evolves over time and affects the long-term CO 2 electroreduction and the corresponding pH evolution near the electrode’s surface.

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SOLAR-JET project demonstrates solar-driven thermochemical conversion of CO2 and water to jet fuel

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The EU-funded SOLAR-JET project has demonstrated the production of aviation kerosene from concentrated sunlight, CO 2 captured from air, and water. SOLAR-JET ( S olar chemical reactor demonstration and O ptimization for L ong-term A vailability of R enewable JET fuel) uses sunlight in a concentrated solar reactor to convert CO 2 and water to syngas (a mixture of hydrogen and CO), which is then processed in a Fischer-Tropsch reactor to aviation kerosene.

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MIT researchers advancing development of supercritical water upgrading of heavy crude; lower cost, energy use and CO2

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Findings by MIT researchers could help advance the commercialization of supercritical water technology for the desulfurization and upgrading of high-sulfur crude oil into high-value, cleaner fuels such as gasoline without using hydrogen—a major change in refining technology that would reduce costs, energy use, and CO 2 emissions. SCWU uses water rather than natural gas as the source of the hydrogen molecules needed for the key chemical reactions in the refining process.

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

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With the support of a grant from the Department of Energy, Miao Yu, the Priti and Mukesh Chatter ’82 Career Development Chair of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will develop a novel porous material capable of capturing even very small concentrations of CO 2 in the air and collecting the gas for further use. In his previous work, he’s developed membranes capable of capturing CO 2 while filtering-out other molecules like water.

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Kopernikus Project P2X integrated container-scale test facility produces first fuels from air-captured CO2 and green power

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Partners of the P2X Kopernikus project on the premises of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have demonstrated the production of fuel from air-captured CO2 using—for the first time—a container-based test facility integrating all four chemical process steps needed to implement a continuous process. In the second step, the electrolytic splitting of carbon dioxide and water vapor takes place simultaneously.

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SRI developing process for co-gasification of methane and coal to produce liquid transportation fuels; negligible water consumption, no CO2

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Researchers from SRI International (SRI) are developing a methane-and-coal-to-liquids process that consumes negligible amounts of water and does not generate carbon dioxide. If biogas is substituted for conventional natural gas, total GHG emissions can further significantly reduced (190 gCO 2 /mile). The Act requires alternative fuels to meet a standard of 50% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions compared to other fuels. Water consumption less than 235 kg/barrel.

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UC Berkeley hybrid semiconductor nanowire-bacteria system for direct solar-powered production of chemicals from CO2 and water

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Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed an artificial photosynthetic scheme for the direct solar-powered production of value-added chemicals from CO 2 and water using a two-step process involving a biocompatible light-capturing nanowire array with a direct interface with microbial systems. Consequently, bio-derived CO 2 -reducing catalytic systems are not directly applicable to oxygen- containing CO 2 sources such as flue gas.

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Researchers propose CO2 recycling to improve Fischer-Tropsch GTL efficiency and reduce total CO2 emissions

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Researchers in South Korea are suggesting two new carbon-dioxide-utilized Gas-to-Liquids processes (CUGP) to increase the overall efficiency of conventional Fischer-Tropsch GTL. Thanks to the improved exploring, boring, and retrieving skills, the extremely abundant nontraditional natural gas resources such as shale gas and coal-bed methane are recently being discovered and utilized. Overview of the CUGP processes. Credit: ACS, Zhang et al. Click to enlarge.

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German power-to-gas facility opens green methanation plant; €28M STORE&GO project

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A methanation plant expansion to the existing power-to-gas (PtG) facility in Falkenhagen, Germany has officially opened as part of the international €28-million (US$33.5-million) STORE&GO research project. While the current facility feeds pure hydrogen (“WindGas”) directly into the gas grid, the new methanation plant provides for the generation of “green” methane. Moreover, it provides for unrestricted use of the natural gas infrastructure, including for transport and storage.

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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.

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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. Replacing all fuels made from oil and gas with zero-net-carbon fuels could reduce approximately 25% of global carbon emissions, making this one of the largest levers that modern society has in the fight against climate change.

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Alberta’s IETP awarding $33M in allowances to 5 projects to reduce oil sands CO2 and water use, improve recovery

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Alberta’s Innovative Energy Technologies Program (IETP) is supporting 5 new pilot projects to reduce energy use, water use and CO 2 emissions in oil sands processing as well as improving the recovery of crude oil and bitumen in reserves that were once unrecoverable. Imperial Oil is proposing an alternative to thermal recovery processes to reduce direct greenhouse gas emissions from production by more than 90%. Water Management through Water Treatment Technologies.

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Earth-abundant electrocatalysts for the reduction of CO2 to CO

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Also, a spontaneous dissociation of absorbed COOH species to a water molecule and absorbed CO on Mo 2 C promote the CO 2 RR. The utility of an efficient CO 2 RR would not only include the suppression of greenhouse gas emission, but it could potentially extend to the generation of industrially valuable chemicals that are now obtained through the petroleum industry.

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

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The researchers and engineers at ETH Zurich have developed innovative processes that make it possible to extract CO 2 from the atmosphere and, together with water and with the help of concentrated sunlight, convert it into a synthesis gas that can be used to produce jet fuel.

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SunFire acquiring staxera to support development of technology to generate synthetic fuels from renewable energy sources, water and CO2

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The process developed by SunFire begins with the decomposition of water into hydrogen and oxygen by using electrolysis, driven by renewable electrical energy (derived from sunlight, wind or water). L) of water are required to produce one liter (0.83 Fuel cells are suitable for both mobile applications and for decentralized, stationary applications such as residential microCHP units using natural gas, biogas or wind gas. Concept of the SunFire process.

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Electrochemical Haber-Bosch process for ammonia production; 50% the CO2 and 25% the energy

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In ammonia plants, hydrogen is generated by steam-methane reforming (SMR) and water-gas shift (WGS) and, subsequently, is purified for the high-pressure ammonia synthesis. Ammonia, produced via the Haber-Bosch (HB) process, is globally the leading chemical in energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

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

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Professor Licht says that the molten electrolysis of CO 2 process is unusual in that it sustains removal of the greenhouse gas not only from concentrated streams, such as industrial flue gases, but also (without the need for preconcentration or purification) from the air (direct air capture).

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Audi e-gas plant qualified to participate in balancing market to stabilize grid

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The Audi e-gas plant in the city of Werlte in Lower Saxony ( earlier post ) produces CO 2 neutral-fuel (synthetic methane from water, renewable electricity and CO 2 ); it now also contributes toward stabilizing the public power grid. It is therefore important to have flexibly available consumers such as the Audi e-gas plant to buffer load peaks and thereby stabilize energy grids. This therefore considerably increases the overall efficiency of the Power-to-Gas/biogas plant.

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

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The hydrogen required, in turn, is generated from water with the help of renewable electric power. Analyses to determine the synthesized fuel’s ecological footprint, its potential contribution to greenhouse gas reduction in Switzerland, and the economic viability of the manufacturing process are also important parts of the project. These are essential for mobility without fossil fuels – especially in the air or on the water.

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Study Finds Ozone, Nitrogen Change the Way Rising CO2 Affects Earths Water

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Through a recent modeling experiment, a team of NASA-funded researchers have found that future concentrations of carbon dioxide and ozone in the atmosphere and of nitrogen in the soil are likely to have an important but overlooked effect on the cycling of water from sky to land to waterways. Plants consume carbon dioxide—a significant greenhouse gas—in the process of photosynthesis. Plants that release less water also take less of it from the environment.

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Study finds that steel slag heaps could absorb significant amounts of CO2

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Slag is rich in calcium silicates that dissolve in water; when atmospheric CO 2 dissolves in water to form carbonic acid, it reacts with the dissolved silicates to form stable carbonate minerals such as calcite, which nearly permanently sequesters the carbon. It is suggested that limited water and gas interaction and the mineralogy and particle size of the slag are the main factors that have hindered carbonation reactions in the slag heap.

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ReactWell licenses ORNL catalyst for direct conversion of CO2 to ethanol

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ReactWell , LLC, has licensed a novel waste-to-fuel technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to improve energy conversion methods for cleaner, more efficient oil and gas, chemical and bioenergy production. ORNL’s method involves nanofabrication and catalysis science, using tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn the greenhouse gas into a sustainable liquid.

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Linde pilot testing dry reforming process to generate syngas from CO2 and methane for production of fuels and chemicals

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The dry reforming process catalytically combines CH 4 , the principal component of natural gas, and CO 2 to produce syngas (CO and H 2 ). The dry reforming process differs from steam reforming, which combines CH 4 and water (H 2 O) in the form of steam to produce the syngas. Producing the steam is energy-intensive; dry reforming requires far less water, and hence avoids the energy burden of steam production.

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GE, Univ. of Alberta and AITF Partnering on $4M Project to Reduce CO2 Emissions and Treat Produced Water from Oil Sands; Potential 25% Reduction of CO2

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This team is leveraging research in nanotechnology to reduce CO 2 emissions associated with the extraction and upgrading process, and treatment of produced water generated during the oil recovery. Zeolites are widely used in the chemical industry as catalysts, and this project seeks to form these materials into membranes that can be used for high temperature gas separation. The materials also have the potential to be used as filters for contaminated water.

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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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The main reason for this is the high degree of drag between hull and water, which constantly slows the ship down. The water velocity at the surface boundary layer is zero. (b) b) An air layer functions as slip agent, the water velocity at the interface is larger than zero, drag is reduced. Worldwide, emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide would be reduced by a maximum of 130 million tonnes. These are water-repellent at their base, but hydrophilic at their tip.

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New plasma synthesis process for one-step conversion of CO2 and methane into higher value fuel and chemicals

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natural gas, shale gas, biogas and flared gas). Moreover, it is a cheap carbon source which can increase the atom utilization of CO 2 hydrogenation due to the stoichiometric ratio of C and O atoms, as well as reducing the formation of water. … The experiment was carried out in a coaxial dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reactor with a novel water electrode at atmospheric pressure and room temperature. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Natural Gas

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

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Carbon dioxide is the sole reactant in this CNT transformation, providing a financial impetus for the removal of this greenhouse gas. The team calculated that an area equal to only 4% of the Sahara Desert would be sufficient to bring atmospheric CO 2 concentrations back to pre-industrial levels in ten years, and that a wind speed of 1 km per hour would be sufficient to deliver that CO2 to those STEP (solar thermal electrochemical process (STEP) CNT plants ( earlier post ).

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Ford hits CO2 manufacturing emissions reduction target of 30% per vehicle 8 years early

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metric tons from 2010 to 2017—equivalent to greenhouse gas emissions from more than 728,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year. In MQL, a machining tool is lubricated with a very small amount of oil sprayed directly on the tip of the tool in a finely atomized mist, instead of with a large quantity of coolant/water mixture. Ford Motor Company has met its goal to reduce manufacturing CO 2 emissions eight years ahead of schedule.

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New black silicon-supported catalyst for photoreduction of CO2 to methane

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The results, suggested the researchers, represent a step towards engineering broadband solar fuels tandem photothermal reactors that enable a three-step process involving: CO 2 capture; gaseous water splitting into H 2 ; and. a) Schematic diagram of a methane power plant and broadband solar fuels reactor integrated into a natural gas network cycle that recycles CO 2 to CH 4. (b) Hydrogen generated from the water-splitting reaction can be provided to the Ru/SiNW catalysts.

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UC Santa Barbara team develops catalytic molten metals for direct conversion of methane to hydrogen without forming CO2

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Steam methane (CH 4 ) reforming (SMR) followed by the water-gas shift reaction is the most common process for large-scale hydrogen production today. Emissions Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Natural GasResearchers at the University of California Santa Barbara have developed catalytic molten metals to pyrolize methane to release hydrogen and to form solid carbon.

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