|25 November 2016|
Researchers from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea have developed methods to make biofuels from carbon dioxide (CO2) which could power trucks and buses.
Professor Jae Sung Lee – from UNIST’s Energy and Chemical Engineering department – led a study which looked at how to develop processes that can move us a step closer to eliminating greenhouse gas. Their paper published in the journal Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, demonstrates it is possible to ‘direct CO2 conversion to liquid transportation fuels by reacting with renewable hydrogen (H2) generated by solar water splitting’.
Professor Lee said the new mineral (delafossite-CuFeO2) catalyst converts CO2 into liquid hydrocarbon-based fuels offering a “new opportunity for recycling CO2 into valuable fuels and chemicals.”
The team believes this development has the potential to ‘revolutionise the automobile industry’ and in turn help remove harmful CO2 from the atmosphere.