Converting CO2 into fuel

Another article regarding scientific research into converting CO2 into fuel.


2 posts were merged into an existing topic: Effects of climate change on the consumer

As with the other schemes you have mentioned that do the same, it is clever chemistry but why is it a good idea? In what way is it better to make synthetic fuel to continue using ICEs $$$ than it is to use the same electricity to directly power your vehicle? Is it more efficient? Less polluting? There must be some reason to do it, there must be some reason to go to the trouble of developing new technology into mass production of a new product other than because you can.

$$$ Edit: this system doesn’t produce ICE fuel but others previously mentioned do.


It’s a way to tie up a gas into a liquid ie much more C locked up in a smaller space than having to compress the gas CO2. But it also is a way to carry H without having to compress hydrogen gas (this is called Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier or LOHC), so may still be a way to use a ICE but without using current petrochemical fuels. With LOHC comes a way to fuel long distance transport systems without resorting to battery storage and the recharging time delay that may entail. Ammonia is another of these LOHC systems. Acid has hazards for transport, storage as does Ammonia but research in these areas may lead to systems to handle he risks.

Formic Acid also has may uses outside the LOHC system and is used in grass/feed silage, food production, textile industry and many others.

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Is this the best topic to post and discuss this technology under?

Is it more about alternate fuels?

Or is it more about research into mitigating CO2 and greenhouse gases?

Yes it is interesting!

At this point of the research it seems unlikely there is any climate change impact from it on consumers. It is likely providing one more excuse to keep things much as they are, while deferring action based on what are already established and available solutions.

Without a more comprehensive national, and global strategy to combat climate change it is difficult to even see how this research might fit into a more sustainable future.

Without a definitive assessment of how or where a successful outcome of the research fits, it is possibly another nice piece of research waiting to find a real problem it can solve?

It appears an inefficient process, relative to current battery technology, while producing CO2 when the energy is utilised, typically through low efficiency energy recovery.


I’ve moved it to it’s own thread for discussion :+1: