Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Turning Air Into Gasoline

Here is a claim that carbon dioxide can be recaptured and converted back into drop in fuels, which would make them carbon neutral.

The power source would be the usual wind and solar.

Note that this could be the best use scenario for wind and solar, because plugging an intermittent power source into the grid is more trouble than it is worth.  For this process, an intermittent loss of power may not be an issue.  The product resulting would be the same as in use now, which would solve the intermittent power loss problem.

It should not be a surprise that this could be feasible, because from what I have been told, the emissions from a coal fired plant is cleaner than the air that went in.

As always, you have to look at costs.  The claim here is that they could remove the same amount of carbon dioxide as would be released from burning one gallon of gasoline for a cost of about $1 to $2.50.  It doesn't say whether or not that includes reconversion into gasoline.  My guess is that you cannot produce gasoline from carbon dioxide at these prices.

And, of course, why rely upon solar and wind?  You could still use nuclear, but, of course that isn't "green".

I say if wind and solar can beat nuclear in terms of cost, then go for it.


This would be even better.

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