By using carbon particles embedded in nano carbon spikes, a complex chemical reaction is triggered when voltage is added that directly converts co2 in water into ethanol at a 63% efficiency.
This is not a technology that will “save the world” at this point, but it is the beginning of a new promising idea and we can’t wait to see where it will end up.
The full paper is published here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/slct.201601169/full
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There is a new use for carbon emissions that go into our atmosphere – turning it into plastic. Newlight Technologies breaks apart the carbon and oxygen and rearranges it into what they call Air Carbon, which is literally plastic made from the emissions.
Their website states, “AirCarbon is made by combining air with methane-based carbon emissions–carbon that would otherwise become part of the air we breathe–to produce a material that is approximately 40% oxygen from air and 60% carbon and hydrogen from captured methane emissions by weight. By replacing oil with AirCarbon™, we transform the products we use everyday into materials that sequester more greenhouse gas than they emit and actually improve the world–displacing oil, reducing cost, and reducing the amount of carbon in the air.”
Visit their homepage: http://newlight.com/