Invention Converts Carbon Dioxide Into Liquid Fuel

Scientist lead by Haotian Wang from Rice University have invented an electrocatalysis reactor that turns carbon dioxide into pure liquid fuel. The reactor produces formic acid, which is an energy carrier. According to Wang, “It’s a fuel-cell fuel that can generate electricity and emit carbon dioxide — which you can grab and recycle again.” Currently, the reactor energy conversion efficiency is about 42%, meaning almost half of the energy can be stored in formic acid as a liquid fuel. Depending on the situation Wang suggested the reactor could be easily retooled to produce acetic acid, ethanol or propanol fuels.  Read the full article to learn more.

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