The amount of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere is a growing environmental pollution problem. It is causing global climate change, but until recently none could figure out how to safely take care of this pollutant. 10 years ago many thought the excess should be captured and stored sequestered under the ocean.
Why not efficiently recycle it?
Graduate student Emily Barton has discovered a way to convert CO2 into fuel. Using an electrochemical cell that employs a semiconducting material used in photovoltaic solar cells for one of its electrodes, she has succeeded in tapping sunlight to transform CO2 into a basic fuel.
“We take CO2, water, sunlight and an appropriate catalyst and generate an alcoholic fuel and Liquid Light was born.
Plants turn CO2 into fuels during photosynthesis. Plant fuels create food and energy and give off oxygen and CO2 depending on whether it is day or night.
If energy from sunlight can be stored and converted into a liquid fuel from CO2 and hydrogen, would make recycling CO2 emissions very profitable and and decrease the rapid buildup of it in the atmosphere. There would be the potential for more US jobs as these new energy technologies as this recycled CO2 get commercialized.
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