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Los Alamos National Laboratory has developed a low-risk, transformational concept, called Green Freedom, for large-scale production of carbon-neutral, sulfur-free fuels and organic chemicals from air and water.
Currently, the principal market for the Green Freedom production concept is fuel for vehicles and aircraft.
At the heart of the technology is a new process for extracting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and making it available for fuel production using a new form of electrochemical separation. By integrating this electrochemical process with existing technology, researchers have developed a new, practical approach to producing fuels and organic chemicals that permits continued use of existing industrial and transportation infrastructure. Fuel production is driven by carbon-neutral power.
According to one blog, details "will come next week when Dr. Martin gives a presentation at a government and industry meeting, Alternative Energy Now, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla."
The cynic in me wonders "how long will it take the oil companies to buy this technology and shelve it?".
Like they did to the batteries for the GM electric car, and what the car companies did to our local street rail companies.... etc.
BTW, I can't speak about this project in particular, but in general carbon capture seems like an extremely great idea. I didn't even know this technology was practical until recently, but it's already close to being achievable at manageable cost levels.
I'm an extreme environmental pessimist, and this is just about the only significant ray of light out there. So many of the other solutions are either window dressing or are going to be obviously unworkable. If we don't summon the will to use CO2 capture on a large scale, pretty much the only other way out is if we begin to run out of oil within the next decade or so.
Less effort = easier to change (requires govt involvement)
More effort = can't be bothered
Disaster about to happen = Find a way to be bothered
Cultural differences = Misunderstanding and political agendas
Therefore world unity on this requires too much effort and can't be bothered govts. However put a potential disaster in the way and world unity kind of happens. Unfortunately becos of cultural differences progress is slow. imho