Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Turning emissions into fuel

XiaoYu Wu, with the reactor his team used for the research XiaoYu Wu, with the reactor his team used for the research

MIT researchers have developed a membrane-based system that can convert power plant emissions into fuels for cars, trucks and planes, as well as chemical feedstocks. The membrane – made of a compound of lanthanum, calcium, and iron oxide – allows oxygen from a stream of carbon dioxide (CO2) to migrate through, leaving carbon monoxide (CO) behind. Combined with hydrogen or water, this CO can be turned into syngas.

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