Can we recycle carbon dioxide? New promising options exist to recycle carbon dioxide to ethanol. In fact, the capture and recycle of carbon dioxide into usable fuels is becoming big business. So, how does it work? In a nutshell, it involves pushing the combustion reaction backwards. The process involves development of catalysts made from carbon, copper, and nitrogen with a textured surface, which concentrated the electrochemical reactions at the tips of nano spikes. When electrical voltage was applied, the device converted the solution of carbon dioxide into ethanol at a high level of efficiency. The materials used were relatively cheap and the process worked at room temperature, both critical advantages for future commercialization. Since carbon dioxide is a waste product of combustion, it is becoming more efficient to push the reaction backwards and use this CO2 not only to create ethanol, but even to store excess energy from wind and solar electricity generation. Researchers remain optimistically skeptical, waiting to see how the research progresses, but the initial results certain raise some good possibilities.
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