Singapore researchers can transform CO2 into biofuel
By April 17th, 2009Friday, April 17, 2009 0:19 on
The scientists from Singapore claim that they have discovered a method through which the carbon dioxide can be transformed into methanol through a process that uses less energy than previous attempts.
Researchers from the State Institute of Singapore for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology announced Thursday that they managed to include organic catalysts, non-toxic, into the ethanol production a biofuel that can be used as raw material in the industrial processes.
The process uses a combination of silicon and hydrogen that participate to the carbon dioxide reduction reaction, of which result the methanol.
The previous attempts to transform carbon dioxide into useful substances have assumed a large amount of energy and a longer duration of response. The scientists have not announced the way in which they plan to capture the CO2 produced annually from the combustion of fossil fuels.
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