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Ethanol’s Next Breakthrough? Turning Greenhouse Gas into Fuel.

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by Kevin Hardy (Des Moines Register)  … Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory unintentionally uncovered a process that uses tiny bits of carbon and copper to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into ethanol fuel.

While the research remains in its preliminary phase, it could represent a breakthrough for renewable fuel operations in Iowa. By their nature, ethanol plants produce masses of excess carbon dioxide through the distillation process. If commercialized, the new process could allow ethanol producers to make even more ethanol fuel from the CO2 that’s otherwise wasted.

(Evan) Saunders, who is studying for an MBA and a law degree, is among a group of four Iowa students investigating the economic potential of the discovery. While many factors remain uncertain, the initial results were encouraging, showing a potential market among ethanol producers. Plus, the process could prevent an untold amount of greenhouse gas from being released into the atmosphere.

Wind and solar energy are not easily stored or transported, so an electricity-to-ethanol pathway could provide a new way of moving and using renewable energy.

Adam Rondinone, the senior scientist at Oak Ridge who led the study, said his team used a catalyst made of carbon, copper and nitrogen and applied voltage to trigger a chemical reaction. Researchers were surprised to find that the process transformed carbon dioxide into ethanol.

While he stressed that the technology is not yet proven on any commercial scale, (Geoff) Cooper (executive vice president of the Renewable Fuels Association) said it does represent a pivot in the discussion on how to store and transport renewable sources of power.

“It is different,” he said. “There really is nobody thinking about storing excess power generation as anything other than electricity in a battery.”  READ MORE  and MORE and MORE (New Atlas) and MORE (Christian Science Monitor) and MORE (Forbes) and MORE (Biofuels Digest; includes list of CO2-to-fuel technologies)    Abstract(ChemistrySelect)

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