Carbon dioxide and plants used to create renewable plastic

A more eco-friendly plastic has been developed by Stanford University Scientists. Using carbon dioxide (CO2) and plant material, scientist from Stanford University have produced a renewable plastic. More specifically, according to Australia Network News, the scientists mixed carbonate with CO2 and furoic acid to create polyethylene furandicarboxylate (PEF); an alternative to the plastic ingredient polyester that is more environmentally efficient. The production of this alternative plastic can lower greenhouse gas emissions. The study, which was published earlier this week in the journal Nature, states that the researchers’ new approach can…

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New recycling technology could transform CO2 waste into useful chemicals

Instead of only capturing and storing carbon dioxide, new tech could recycle it into something useable. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is believed to be the primary cause behind global warming. One of the methods employed to help control the problem is capturing waste carbon dioxide from manufacturing sites and industrial plants and storing it deep beneath the ground. However, American scientist, Emily Cole, has found a better way to deal with the waste and has developed a recycling technology that can convert waste CO2 into a chemical that can be used…

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Scientists Find Cheaper and Eco-Friendlier Way to Make Biofuels

Researchers have discovered a low-cost method to deliver carbon dioxide (CO2) to microalgae. Although the growth of microalgae can be sped up by carbon dioxide, the CO2 has to be free of contamination or the algae die. Researchers from the Melbourne School of Engineering have found a cheap way to purify the carbon dioxide within the power station flue gasses by absorbing the CO2 into a liquid, allowing it to be delivered to microalgae, which makes it possible to harvest the microalgae and make biofuels. This purification process is typically…

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Chemical engineer creates zero-waste cleaning solution for biogas

The waste generated by renewable gas production can be transformed into fertilizer. Andrew White, a Canadian chemical engineer, has developed a product that he calls the SulfaCHAR system, which can convert the waste that results from producing biogas into fertilizer. According to White, his SulfaChar system removes chemical waste from the biogas process, which stops gas engines from becoming ruined by hydrogen sulfide (H2S), and also boosts a renewable gas facility’s profitability, reported Reuters. The decomposition process of the clean gas produces not so clean waste. While biogas can help…

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Carbon dioxide could be a new clean energy resource

Researchers focus on carbon dioxide to generate clean energy Researchers from Wetsus, a developer of sustainable water technologies, and the Wageningen University in the Netherlands may have found a way to generate electrical power by harnessing carbon dioxide emissions. These emissions have been targeted by several governments around the world and are the subject of emissions reduction initiatives that are becoming more popular. Carbon emissions are often considered to be a primary contributor to the climate change phenomenon, but Dutch researchers believe that these emissions could be harnessed to generate…

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Scientists find way to produce renewable energy from carbon dioxide

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Renewable energy as a byproduct of carbon dioxide consumption Climate change continues to be a serious, if somewhat controversial, issue. Carbon dioxide being released into the planet’s atmosphere is linked to widespread climate change and efforts to mitigate the emissions of carbon dioxide have been gaining momentum over the past few years. Carbon capture has become a practice that has attracted a great deal of interest because it could potentially remove carbon dioxide emissions from the environment. If this carbon dioxide could be used as a form of renewable energy,…

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