Waste CO2 to be turned into ingredients for fuel, plastics and even food
from Horizon Magazine, Horizon: The EU Research & Innovation Magazine via Phys.org
Scientists are ramping up efforts to turn waste CO2 from industry into chemicals such as methanol in a bid to reduce emissions and provide a new source of raw materials for use in fuel, cement and food production. It's part of a strategy to halt global warming by cutting down the amount of CO2 we vent into the air and then re-using it — a technique known as carbon capture and utilisation (CCU). At a facility run by Carbon Recycling International (CRI) beside the picturesque Blue Lagoon in southwest Iceland, water, energy and waste carbon dioxide from a nearby geothermal power station are being used to make methanol, which can be blended with petrol to power cars or turned into a range of chemicals.
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