Researchers at the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea have discovered a new conversion method that turns carbon dioxide into 1-butanol on a phosphorus-rich copper cathode, based on a combination of faradaic and autonomous nonfaradaic reactions.
The French startup Qairos Energies says it plans to build a plant in Mareil-en-Champagne near Le Mans in northwestern France that will gasify hemp biomass into valuable products.
World’s first 1000 tonnes demonstration plant exploiting solar energy to produce methanol from CO2 [Full subscriber]
Researchers at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have installed the world’s first demonstration project for direct solar fuel synthesis started operation in Lanzhou, China on Jan. 17, 2020. The project claims to be the world’s first for industrial production of liquid fuels from solar energy. Sited in China’s western regions where abundant solar energy will invariably be key to the project’s success.
Evonik and Siemens collaboration for the production of specialty chemicals from CO2 enters the next phase [Registered]
Evonik and Siemens have launched the second phase of their joint research project Rheticus, in which they are developing a process that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) and renewable energy to produce specialty chemicals.
Fossil fuels are the backbone of the global petrochemicals industry, which provides the world’s growing population with fuels, plastics, clothing, fertilizers and more. A review paper, published in the journal Science, charts a course for how an alternative technology — renewable electrosynthesis — could usher in a more sustainable chemical industry, and ultimately enable us to leave much more oil and gas in the ground.
The Virgin Atlantic Airlines’ successfully flew and landed a commercial flight from Orlando to London using a Boeing 747 on 3rd October using aviation fuel partly made of waste CO2 from a steel mill.
Researchers at Penn State University claim to have made significant strides in converting carbon dioxide into methanol by developing a new catalyst that uses a specific formulation of palladium and copper.
Germany’s speciality chemicals group Evonik and the engineering giant Siemens are partnering to develop a plant that will produce substitute petrochemicals from carbon dioxide and green electricity.