International Sugar Journal

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.

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E. coli metabolically rewired to consume CO2 and produce various by-products [Full subscriber]

Researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have engineered Escherichia coli that consume just CO2 as their nutrient source, instead of organic compounds. This breakthrough could provide a foundation for harnessing synthetic biology to develop carbon-neutral bioproduction processes for food and fuels.

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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.

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Electrosynthesis has the potential to displace petrochemical industry [Registered]

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.

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Virgin Atlantic uses jet fuel from recycled CO2 for a commercial flight [Full subscriber]

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.

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Palladium-copper catalyst enhances carbon dioxide-to-methanol conversion [Registered]

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.

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Evonik and Siemens partner to convert CO2 into chemicals [Registered]

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.

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Plasma catalysis process facilitates conversion of CO2 and CH4 into fuels and chemicals [Registered]

Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals.

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Researchers convert CO2 into multi-carbon fuels [Registered]

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology discovered a new way to produce carbon-based liquid fuels from CO2.

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Producing polycarbonate from limonene and CO2, free from bisphonel-A [Registered]

Researchers from the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) based in Barcelona have developed an eco-friendly process for producing polycarbonate from a combination of limonene and CO2 to replace the potentially toxic bisphenol-A (BPA), a primary ingredient of polycarbonate (and a potential carcinogen).

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